Sagrada Familia built almost 150 years. This is one of the world's most stunning architectural masterpieces, who must attend each, who comes to Barcelona. If Paris is the Eiffel Tower, Rome - Colosseum, the symbol of Barcelona, this, course, Sagrada Familia. After St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City is the second most visited church in Europe, and after construction 2026 in upper Raval, to become the tallest Christian church in the world. The main tower of Christ, which are only now beginning to build, will be 172 meter tall.
The appearance of the temple is unique, It recalls the magic sand castle, it is not surprising, because the main source of inspiration for Gaudí was the nature. Genius often repeated, there is no need to invent anything new, everything is already so long ago created by God. Mediterranean Sea, the mountains, flowers, animals, trees - the main sources of inspiration of the architect. "It will be like a forest. Soft light will pour through the window openings, located at different heights, and you feel, that is the light of the stars ", - architect wrote.
The construction in 1882, when Gaudi was 30 years and he was full of ambition and energy. He gave the project 40 years of his life, and not having time to finish his major masterpiece. When asked about the timing of Gaudi replied calmly: "My client is in no hurry".
Nativity facade Gaudí managed to finish in his lifetime, it has three portals on the number of major Christian virtues - Faith, Hope and Love. This facade introduces us to the biblical scenes, associated with the birth of the Son of God. Above the left entrance betrothal of Mary and Joseph, the flight into Egypt and the Massacre of the Innocents by soldiers of King Herod, naverhu mountains Monserrat. In the center there is the birth of Jesus, "Adoration of the Shepherds and the Magi", And over these figures trumpeting angels, heralding the birth of Christ, the scene of the Annunciation (the angel Gabriel informs Mary of the Conception of the Son of God) and the Wedding of the Holy Virgin.
Doves symbolize the souls of the dead, which fall into the afterlife. All figures, including animals, made life-size and made from nature. Even stillborn babies Gaudi redeemed in the hospital. Each tower of the Cathedral symbolizes one of the Apostles.
The second facade of the Passion of Christ, built after the death of the maestro Josep Maria Subirachs. He retained the idea, He radically changed the style. The figures on the facade made in the style of Cubism. Severe broken lines cause a storm of emotions. This is not the joy of the birth of the Son of God, is death, pains, the naked truth about the betrayal of the people. Jesus on the facade shows a completely naked, which caused negative with the public. magic Quadrant, where the number 33, Christ age, stacks in any sequence. The facade was adopted skeptical and did not like barselontsy. He was too modern and conceptual for time.
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