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Among the most unique architectural buildings in the,world, Basílica de la Sagrada Família is perhaps the most unique. Located in Barcelona, Spain, it is the creation of Barcelona's most known architect, Antoni Gaudí i Cornet. Lattice is a fine art photograph of the ceiling above the main altar of the basilica.
In the Sagrada Familia, everything is providential.
- Antoni Gaudí i Cornet
It had been 30 years. When I was a young man with my wife to be, I visited La Sagrada Familia.
It was among those most magical of places, and the photographs from that period belie the special place it was to become. But it was already magical, the Nativity Facade was already built and the main sanctuary build was underway.
In 2018, I was once again before La Sagrada Familia, and it was just as magical as it was 30 years ago. I remember feeling overwhelmed by this special place, the work of the imagination of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet is as candy for a child! The beauty of the edifice is something that just can't be explained. It is both inspiring as it is impossible!
archietcture, nature, and religion.
La Sagrada Familia is the creation of the fertile mind of Antoni Gaudí i Cornet. Begun in 1882, it is still under construction, with all work using the notes and drawings that Gaudí left behind after his death in 1926, when less than a quarter of the building had been completed.
I stood outside, and if patience was a virtue, I had none. It had been, as I said, 30 years since my last visit, and I was incredibly anxious to enter inside and see what that incredible visionary had envisioned.
And I was not disappointed. It is the most incredible building I had ever been in. The architecture is simply stunning, modeled after nature and Gaudí's religious beliefs.
The support structure of the ceiling is modeled after trees as seen in nature, columns rising up in first as a square base then morphing into an octagon as the column rises then to a sixteen sided form and eventually into a circle. The effect is essentially a three dimensional intersection of helicoidal columns that support the ceiling.
The ceiling above the main altar is beautiful. Like nature the intent was to replicate a forest, with trees reaching forth with branches to the canopy.
Looking up, one can see the intended effect. I was stunned, and stood there gazing for quite some time before I decided to take this shot.
I love this photograph so much, I have a large 30"x40" metal version of it hanging on the wall behind my desk in my home office.