Monday, June 29, 2015
Sagrada Familia- Barcelona's Treasure
Sagrada Familia is a magical Catholic Church full of light and colors of the rainbow constructed by the famous Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi to honor God. He envisioned a visual narrative of Christ's life.
The construction began in 1883, combining Gothic and Art Nouveau forms. It was inspired by natural forms found in nature. According to the philosophy, art should be a way of life.
Gaudi left detailed instructions on how the work should be completed. Computers have aided to the understanding of his complex thinking. He studied the effects of light on nature. He said the origin of all things is nature, created by God.
There was a burst of color using the power of the sun's rays. His belief in natural engineering helped shape the modern science of biomimetics. Gaudi grew up fascinated by geometry and the natural wonders of the Catalonian countryside. He struggled in many aspects of school and some say he may have had Asperger. Many students who are right brain visual think in a three dimensional way. He made his plans for the church in three-dimensional
"Nothing is art if it does not come from nature," he concluded.
The church looked like a natural rainbow of green, blue, orange and red mixed together to create a bridge of truth.
Just below this stain glass window was the passion of Christ.
Gaudi was very religious and wanted to show how Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
A giant organ was placed behind the passion of Christ to play hymns of adoration.
Gaudi wanted to honor God with his creation.
The outside of the church shows the nativity scene, one of the four facades.
It shows the twelve apostles who followed Jesus and continued his teachings after his death.
Gaudi's cathedral stands tall to reach the skies of Barcelona. I think Gaudi would have been pleased to know so many visitors want to come and see a place of worship to glorify God.