Friday, July 16, 2021

Country goes to Town

Being from Wyoming I figured I was about as well cultured as they come. Turns out not. But Kurt and I got up to speed after our hike around Barcelona. 

First stop was Sagrada Familia, the basilica designed by Antoni Gaudí. Undertaken about 130 yrs ago, she is still under construction.

In matters like these, it's best to listen to the experts. Ana and Inés, cousins of Gerado and Gonzalo, showed us around town and explained the rich meaning behind this church in particular.  

Gaudí's whole effort was to mirror God's creation, His first cathedral. Inside is like a forest of height and light.

He was not a naturalist per se, but he used the natural to draw us into the supernatural. Sagrada Familia was Gaudí’s master piece. He died in 1926 and is buried in the crypt of this work of art. His cause for canonization is under investigation.

He has many more works around town, of which this bad boy is one.

Definitely different, but a marvel nonetheless. 

Now that's more my style. 

That was fun. I am super impressed by the cleanliness and beauty of this city. They say you can tell a lot about a culture by the buildings they build. Through this lens, it is clear that Spain's priority was and continues to be Christianity. 

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