Monday, January 19, 2015

Barcelona and the Sagrada Familia

Back from a long weekend with the middle grandchildren in Barcelona. The highlight was of course a visit to the astonishing Sagrada Familia. This was started in 1882, was consecrated in 2010 and hopefully will be finished by 2028.

It must be second only to Chartres Cathedral as the most impressive piece of architecture in Europe, and unlike Chartres flows from the genius conception of one man.

In addition to the tour of the church we went up the tower and down so we got views of the outside.  There are apparently about 2.5M visitors annually and it really bears witness to the organic love of God to people all over the world. There is also something rather wonderful about a building which is being built by the money raised from people who are coming to see the building!

15M up there is musicians gallery which runs all around the Church, and has room for 1,000 singers. Just imagine a performance of the 40 Part Motet - with 25 singers to a part!

There is a wonderful line in Psalm 29
The voice of the Lord causes the oaks to whirl,
    and strips the forest bare;
    and in his temple all say, “Glory!”
 And here, below, is the view of the outside with GLORIA proclaimed so effectively!

PS: I must not also forget that we went on board the replica of the Nao Vittoria which was the first ship to sail around the world - the only survivor of Magellan's expedition. The replica also sailed around the world although using a much easier route via the Panama and Suez canals!

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