Spain holidays with your family
and friends will truly turn out to be an excellent vacation. The various
places and holiday destinations that you can visit here will truly leave
you in awe. These places can bring relaxation to vacationers who want
to unwind and spend a peaceful time. Make sure to visit Barcelona when
you go for your getaway here in Spain. Here, you will find the famous Sagrada Familia, a popular travel attraction in this area.
The monumental church El Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Expiatory
Temple of the Sacred Family) is Gaudí's most famous work, the finest
example of his visionary genius, and a world-wide symbol of Barcelona.
The architect undertook the task in 1883 on the site of a previous neo-Gothic
project begun in 1882 by F. del Villar. Gaudi dedicated his life,
in his later years to the exclusion of all else, to carrying out this
ambitious undertaking which due to his sudden death was left unfinished.
Gaudí wanted to create a "20th century cathedral", a synthesis of
all his architectural knowledge with a complex system of symbolisms
and a visual explication of the mysteries of faith. There would be facades
representing the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ with eighteen
towers symbolizing the twelve Apostles, the four Evangelists, and the
Virgin Mary and Christ. This latter, the tallest, would stand 170 meters
high. The church was based on the plan of a Gothic basilica with five
naves, a transept, an apse, and ambulatory. Gaudí planned monumental
facades on the central nave and the arms of the transept. He wanted
to give the edifice a spectacular vertical dimension by way of an effusion
of pinnacles and high, spiral-shaped towers which would be covered in
abstract patterns of Venetian glass mosaic crowned by Episcopalian symbols
and the cross.