A Stunning Souvenir of Barcelona's Most Popular Tourist Attraction
It is an incomplete masterpiece, and yet still one of the most strikingly beautiful structures in the world. Its official name is Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, and it is commonly called the Sagrada Familia. You can add this lovely metallic refrigerator magnet depicting the incredible neo-Gothic church to your collection of souvenirs from Spain. The image here on the pretty plate-like memento shows the towering spires of this amazing church in Barcelona, an attraction that draws thousands of visitors every year who want to ascend to the top of one of its eighteen soaring towers for a spectacular panoramic view of the beautiful city of Barcelona below.
Although construction began on the Sagrada Familia in 1882, it probably won't be finished until well into the 21st century with an anticipated completion scheduled for the year 2022. The project was begun by architect Francisco de Vilar in the late 1800's and carried on by modernist architect Antoni Gaudi, who made it his life's work. War and lack of funding halted the progression several times over the last century, but in the mid 1950's the construction project was renewed with vigor.
Detailed and Artistic Facades and Spectacular Towers
It is a very complex and detailed design, with amazing artwork in every aspect of the structure. The Nativity Facade was the first one completed and is ornately decorated in a Baroque style that is stunningly beautiful. The Passion Facade depicts the crucifixion, while the third, main facade is still in progress: the Glory Facade, which depicts scenes intended to represent Life and Death.
Visitors to the Sagrada Familia enjoy touring the museum on the premises and learning some of the details of the building's history, but one of the most attractive features of your visit is the opportunity to take an elevator to the top of one of the towers.