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04/04/2013

Barcelona: A journey in Art, Churches, and Tapas

If you have the luck to recognize the following two photos, you've probably been to one of the most-visited, beautiful churches in Spain- la Sagrada Família. Built by Catalanian architect Antoni Gaudi and still in the process of being renovated/added on to today, it is a spectacular sight. 

 

His major inspiration was nature, and one of the most interesting things about Gaudi from my artistic perspective is that the stone sculptures or facades around the church change in architectural style according to how Gaudi interpreted the scenes. 

I'll be sure to post more about my amazing trip to Barcelona and the gothic quarter when I return from our CIEE trip to Madrid, but for now enjoy these photos! (Which don't do any justice to Gaudi's masterpiece but at the very least give you some idea of how beautiful it is) DSC_0578

The stained glass allows for the maximum possible entry of natural light.

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It's easy to see the influence of nature in the high-reaching columns that proceed into branches (all made from different kinds of stone depending on how much weight they have to support).

 


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Facade de la Natividad de Christo - With references to the three wise kings, the shepherds, etc.

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