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 Responses to “Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudi: The Sandcastle”

  1. hnwright Says:

    Beautiful; how unique! Thank you for posting!

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  2. wolke205 Says:

    Sadly, I can’t see just one of the photos 😦 I love the Sagrada Familia and hope I can visit it one day 🙂

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  3. photosfromtheloonybin Says:

    That has to be the most unique piece of architecture I have ever seen. The detail is incredible. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. Andrew Petcher Says:

    Great pictures that reminded me of my visit there – Thanks!

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  5. Kay aka Babygirl Says:

    These architectural buildings are absolutely wonderful.. and I love your sand castle structure in the top photos as well. Amazing post

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  6. travelrat Says:

    I had the thought about the sand-castle, too. Looks like I need to visit again to get a better look … we were rather pushed for time in 2009. Ant, the cranes were still there; it looks much better without them! http://travelrat.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/geese-at-the-cathedral/

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  7. TBM Says:

    This is great! I saw it in 2009 and loved it. Loved your sand castle connection!

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  8. eof737 Says:

    It is an amazing structure… I love Antonio Gaudi’s architectural feats. Happy Holidays! 🙂

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  9. Ducky's Always Hungry Says:

    I love Gaudi’s work. Barcelona is such a great place to be! Have you been to Parc Guell? I love that!

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  10. Katrina Says:

    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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  11. Julie Mundy Says:

    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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  12. elfenokster Says:

    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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  13. madrilicious Says:

    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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  14. worldismycuttlefish Says:

    The sandcastle is delightful. I was entranced by the different styles within Gaudi’s building when I visited it. Your photos show the detail well.

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  15. Victor Tribunsky Says:

    I have seen the Gaudi’s interiors too and I will show it here soon.

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    • travelrat Says:

      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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  16. oldmarion Says:

    Brilliant sandcastle. Just love it!

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  17. wendyethomas Says:

    I grew up in Florida making drippy sand castles. Great shots of both the sand and “real life” castles.

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  18. dorothymcdonall Says:

    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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  19. Fiona Flores Watson Says:

    I love the sandcastle version of the Sagrada Familia! A different view of a very familiar building.

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  20. bananabatman Says:

    It is certainly a beautiful building, as are your sandcastles and photos.

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  21. icelandpenny Says:

    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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  22. littledoglaughed Says:

    This is one of my most favorite buildings in the world and one of my favorite architects too-lovely, lovely photographs.
    And thank you too for stopping by to visit my blog-I do appreciate it-

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  23. fgassette Says:

    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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  24. stephglaser Says:

    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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  25. Victor Tribunsky Says:

    This is the happiness to spend childhood by the sea.

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  26. RDoug Says:

    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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  27. restlessjo Says:

    Unbelievable, isn’t it, Victor? Your photos are fabulous.

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