Barcelona - brilliant sunshine, 10-15°C.
|The Tolkien Facade|
The Sagrada Família was designed by Antoni Gaudí, but what it looks like, is J.R.R. Tolkien and H.P. Lovecraft got drunk together in Bali. One of the facades definitely has a tentacle thing going.
|Detail of the Tentacle Facade|
It has fruit on its pinnacles. He persuaded the Catholic Church to build this thing?
I last visited Barcelona about 20 years ago, and at that time, I don't think you were allowed inside yet. Since then the building works have progressed very well, and the inside is absolutely enchanting - a forest of limestone, granite, basalt and porphyry-clad columns, full of dappled light.
Fifteen metres above the congregation are galleries with capacity for about 1,000 singers - you can see them clearly in the picture above. The organ was played briefly while I walked around inside - it sounded good, without annoying echoes.
The canopy is stunning:
And, looking down -
|Sky Turtle holding up a pillar|
- look at the little Sky Turtle!