Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi: The Sandcastle

 
Did you make sandcastles in your childhood? Let’s remember. You dig a hole not far from the water, a deep hole, take a handful of wet sand “gruel,” and raise your hand. Drops slide out of your fingers, fall down on their brothers, settle in bizarre fluid forms, and your small miracle castle begins to grow right in front of your eyes. Turrets, walls, passages, loopholes, stairs…

My sandcastle
I am seven years old. Black Sea. My small sandcastle.

Perhaps, the great architect, Antoni Gaudi, remembered sandcastles. When he grew up, he built his childish castle out of concrete; however, he did not succeed in finishing it.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona, Spain.
Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi. Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi. Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi. Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrada Familia by Antonio Gaudi. Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Spain.

Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Catalonia.

Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Catalonia.

Who ever would have thought to portray Christ like THIS?! We can only wonder if it is a revolutionary attitude of the Pope.

Crist on the Sagrada Familia. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

Sagrada Familia “flows down.” Figures of people, animals, birds, plants, fruits, snakes, helices—the whole world lives here. This is the most beautiful building I have ever seen in my life, and the most unusual.

I am standing nearby.
You have grown, my little childish sandcastle.
Now you will not be washed away by naughty waves.
You will not be destroyed by envy.
You will stand here hundreds of years after my death.

Bravo, Master! You paid a very high price for this miracle, but I hope you are not sorry where you are now.

Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Catalonia.

Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi, Barcelona, Catalonia.

They are beginning to cover Sagrada Familia with colorful ceramic tiles.
I am afraid the “sandy” look of the building will be harmed.

Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona, Spain.

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54 thoughts on “Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi: The Sandcastle

  1. I love photographing Sagrada Familia — done so on at least two visits to Barcelona. Alas, I’ve yet to be there under anything but overcast skies. You’ve obviously had much better luck in Barcelona than have I.

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  2. Such a great shot of you making a sand castle — perfect image to pair with La Sagrada Familia! I fondly remember making “drip castles” when I grew up during part of my childhood in Southern California. Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Steph

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  3. WOW! A very beautiful place. The detail is amazing.

    Thank you for visiting my blog today. I appreciate the time you took to stop by. May your day be filled with joy and peace.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  4. Very good! When we were in Barcelona and of course visited Sagrada Familia, we didn’t think of it in sand-castle terms — but that is the perfect analogy. It captures the child-like exuberance of the forms, as well as something of the texture.

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  5. Thought I would check out your blog since you were kind enough to “like” today’s offering on mine. Saw your photos here of the Sagrada Familia and reminded me that I will be traveling to Barcelona shortly and will no doubt spend a couple of hours circulating this incredible edifice. Thanks for sharing. I’m looking forward to my trip even more now …

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    1. I will be interested in seeing them … the guide told us there ‘wasn’t much to see’, but, since then, several people have contradicted that.

      There’s a slight possibility we may be visiting Barcelona in 2013 … that’s high on the list if we do go.

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  6. I went to Barcelona and had great expectations concerning the Sagrada Familla. The weather was very bad when I went there and the church looked very ugly from a distance. I was really dissapointed. Now that I see your close-up pictures I realize the idea behind all the work and the beauty that is hidding in the details.
    Thanks a lot.

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  7. Nice comparison:) Though it took Gaudi more effort to create Sograda Familia than for us to make a sand castle:) That is why he’s a genius:)

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  8. HI Victor – I love your posting on Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia – the sandcastle analogy is just perfect! Thanks for liking my Austria post – I wonder if you read my one on Barcelona a couple of weeks ago – it was all about Gaudi and the Sagarada Familia! http://wp.me/p1xyHR-4U – this is the short link to it. Gaudi obviously has a very profound impact on many people. Keep up the wonderful posts. Julie

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  9. this is probably the most complex yet beautifil building thay i have ever seen. me and my friends joked a bit that “gaudi must be really crazy to come up with such a piece of art”. he has made a lot of buildings in barcelona and yes they are such a masterpiece. i look forward to the day til i come back there.
    great pictures! ypu captured then wonderfully.

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