Sagrada Familia in Spain
This is a plate shaped, bronze coloured, metal fridge magnet of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. The Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family commonly known as the Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaudi's architectural and engineering style-combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau also displayed in six other buildings in Barcelona, testify "to Gaudi's exceptional creative contribution to the development of architecture and building technology" and "anticipated and influenced many of the forms and techniques that were relevant to the development of modern construction in the 20th century". In 2010 an organ was installed in the presbytery by the Blancafort Orgueners de Montserrat organ builders. To overcome the unique acoustical challenges posed by the church's architecture and vast size, several additional organs were installed at various points within the building. These instruments are playable separately (from their own individual consoles) and simultaneously (from a single mobile console), yielding an organ of some 8000 pipes when completed.
Appraisal Of The Sagrada Familia
The building's design itself has been polarizing. Assessments by Gaudi's fellow architects were generally positive; Louis Sullivan greatly admired it, describing Sagrada Familia as the "greatest piece of creative architecture in the last twenty-five years. It is spirit symbolised in stone!" Art critic Rainer Zerbst said "it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art" and Paul Goldberger called it "the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages." Walter Gropius also praised Sagrada Familia, describing the building's walls as "a marvel of technical perfection". Time Magazine called it 'sensual, spiritual, whimsical, exuberant' and George Orwell called it 'one of the most hideous buildings in the world'. James A. Michener called it "one of the strangest-looking serious buildings in the world" and British historian Gerald Brenan stated about the building "Not even in the European architecture of the period can one discover anything so vulgar or pretentious." The building's distinctive silhouette has nevertheless become symbolic of Barcelona itself, drawing an estimated 2.5 million visitors annually.