Is this a case where the parts are equal to or exceed the sum of its parts? Maybe better stated, the parts of this stunning church could stand on their own merit but everything together creates something new in church architecture and in the creation of holy space. This is Basilica of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family) in Barcelona.
Each exterior fresco is as strong as any artist could hope to create…..
….while some of the individual ornamentation echos other life forms.
Inside it is as if Mother Nature found a new home. Columns soaring high above suggest a new kind of creation.
The wonder continues as you experience a novel blending of space and light.
Tradition is followed to a degree in other stained glass facades. The awe holds you in place as most viewers and visitors feel a connection outside time and space. I made this church a priority to revisit after seeing it briefly for the first time three years ago. Ask me if I’d like to see it again? Yes, would that I be so blessed to do so again.