Sagrada Familia Roof, Barcelona - Souvenirs from Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia (The Holy Family) is the global icon on Barcelona. After more than a century building it, it is one of the world’s most extensive and detailed buildings ever built. Although the interior was finished and consecrated by the Pope Benedict XVI in 2011 construction on the roof is still ongoing and has a fair way to go before completion, with projected completion dates circulating around 2026. With the continual construction of this iconic church being entirely financed through private donations and tourist revenue, why not invest in something for yourself with a lovely fridge magnet showcasing this infamous work of art with a beautiful image reflecting exactly why this is one of the most visited buildings in the world.
The revolutionary vision of Anthony Gaudi is continuing to be realized as this incredible structure continues to drive towards the unique goal that the Catalan architect wanted to achieve. The ceiling inspires many debates and individual interpretation due to the intensely detailed elements, but it is regularly compared to the weird and wonderful, such as a spaceship and the columns like a palm-tree forest.
From an external viewpoint the silhouette of the eight spires that tower over the Barcelona skyline is powerfully iconic and universally recognized as the product of the unique and brilliant Catalan genius. Although Gaudi’s original design incorporated a total of eighteen spires, the eight spires that currently exists hold huge symbolic reference each depicting four apostles on the nativity facade and four apostles at the passion facade.
The Remarkable Roof of a Revolutionary Mind
Not only does Gaudi’s design reflect an unrivaled attention to detail but there is also a distinctive character within the bright colors, bold shapes and textures that he uses on the roof. His sense of aesthetic beauty was directly tied to physical utility, and the roof was an ideal canvass to showcase this philosophy and his roots in nature. Parts of the roof are leaf like, where the structure of a leaf was studied and applied to the roof design. Lavender, wheat and grasses are some of the natural products that Gaudi studied and incorporated into his designs.
The tower tops are modeled on the cereal grain spikes and grasses growing around Barcelona. In Gaudi’s quest for the perfect columns to reach all the way up to the towering roof he studied the patterns and growth of many plants in order to understand structural strength. This deeply rooted passion that he had in incorporating the natural into his manmade wonder is available for all to see within the details of the roof, and for those wanting a closer look, you can walk to the top of the tower for a more detailed inspection and for breathtaking panoramic views over beautiful Barcelona - But be careful, this hefty climb is not for the faint hearted!