In 1888 Barcelona hosted the Universal Exhibition. The Arc de Triomf was built as the gateway to the fair which was held in the Parc de la Ciutadella.
(Eleanor Roosevelt said that.)
I was watching this woman at a park. She had someone put her in the middle of the play area then she just sat there and watched kids play, looked at the trees and smiled. So peaceful.
If you are into art, math, nature and architecture- you would love it here. Gaudi put them all together beautifully. His use of arches is remarkable. Here is an excerpt about hyperbolas that I found on a website describing his thought process: “The hyperbola is a curve created when we slice a double cone vertically. This type of curve is used in the interior of the Sagrada Familia. The curves create fairly high vaults, and in the main church Gaudi used this to create pillars that resemble the structure of a tree complete with branched tree trunks.”
La Sagrada Família is indescribable. When you stand beneath it and look up- it towers over you and makes you a bit dizzy. After more than 100 years, it’s still under construction. It is estimated that it will be completed sometime between 2020 and 2040.
The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family) was an obsession for the architect Antoni Gaudí. Gaudi’s passions were architecture, nature and religion so this cathedral would be his masterpiece! A conservative society commissioned the work in the hopes that this temple would serve as atonement for the city’s sins of modernization including wealth and greed. To Gaudí, it was a holy mission.
The photos were taken while waiting in line for a bit over an hour. The other photo was taken right at the entrance.