To our surprise, some of the streets around the Sagrada Familia (Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família) are closed when we arrived.
Runners and aerobics groups claimed the place, so we decide to come back in the afternoon.
We’re lucky, because the Sagrada Familia Festival takes place in the Avenida di Gaudi.
The Sagrada Familia, originally designed by Antoni Gaudi in 1883, shall be completed on the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death in 2026. The construction is financed exclusively by donations.
The Nativity façade with its playful elements shows the unmistakable signature of Gaudi’s and together with the apse facade and the crypt, it was added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2005.
The opposing Passion façade was set up as from 1986 by Josep Maria Subirachs. However, the clear lines and geometric figures differ very much from Gaudi’s works.
We have visited the Sagrada Familia approx 35 years ago and had the impression that a part of the filigree playfulness has been lost. Presumably this impression is created by the mighty scaffoldings which mainly rise on the roof of the cathedral. Only 8 of the 18 planned towers have been realized so far.
After the completion of the interior in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the church and elevated the status of the church to a Basilica minor.
Sagrada Familia Festival
The Sagrada Familia Festival takes place in irregular intervals every few years. In addition to sporting events, there are also a series of musical performances, which unfortunately had already ended when we arrived.
Along the Avenida de Gaudi we find many stalls from local vendors and restaurants, where one could spend a lot of time.
So we enjoy the atmosphere and our dinner.
It starts to rain, but we were able to take a scene of the illuminated Basilica.
Then we hurry to reach our hotel.
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