Gaudi Part 3

Tomorrow I am off to the wilds of CT.  Keep your fingers crossed for me, my goal is to have my dad’s house completely emptied and clean by the time I leave there on the 17th.  There will be an estate sale this coming weekend and then everything else leaves the house…probably in a dumpster.

It has been an emotional (and sometimes unhealthy) process for me and my three siblings.  The basement alone was the recipient of floods and vermin.  It’s amazing what happens when the occupants are too old to actually climb down the stairs to see what’s there.  However, everybody has pitched in and labored mightily and the upshot is that we are almost done.

Anyway, that’s not what I want to write in this post.  I just want to let you know why I may not be present here on my blog for a few days.  However, before I take off I want to relieve the suspense you must be feeling over my last Gaudi post…as in “what IS her favorite part of “La Sagrada Familia???”

The short answer…walk through the doors with me and stand inside for a while.

The first thing I noticed when I walked in was a feeling of space.  There is almost a shocking lack of adornment at human level, and because of this the world seems clean, precise and creamy white.  And yet I knew that everything was there for a purpose.  I was intrigued by the circular staircase in the back corner.  I’m not quite sure where it goes but it is very cool.  Then…

First view

…I looked up.  And I couldn’t help smiling.  The wonder, the magic, the feeling like I instinctively knew why Gaudi had designed this building the way he did, it all swirled around in my brain.


First I saw the columns.  I learned later that Gaudi based his design of the columns on tree trunks.  The round pieces further up were to represent the burls that you find in certain species of trees.  I really got the feeling that I was in an old growth forest…that unless I looked up, I really wasn’t going to understand the vastness of the trees, the height of which would be almost out of my eye-sight.

Stained Glass

I also noticed the color of the light at this level.  There is lots of stained glass that tints the light all the primary colors of the forest.  It sends rays of green sunshine across the air, and leaves yellow shadows on the floor.

PillarsLooking up

Just before the tree/columns go out of sight, more light is let through in the form of clear windows.  I don’t know whether they will eventually be stained glass windows, but I think it is kind of cool that the upper windows are clear and let in un-tinted sunlight. And it’s also great because it allows a lit and un-tinted view of the ceiling of the canopy.

Ceiling Ceiling

I think I mentioned before that Gaudi loves ceilings.  This one is no exception.  I wanted to lie on the floor and gaze at it for a while. (I thought that might be frowned on, for after all, it is a church.)  So instead I pointed my camera straight up and took pictures without knowing how they would turn out.  I think this ornamentation is perfect, it is like the leaves radiating out from the tree trunks, and filtering light and dark.

And now, because I like balance, I will show you what I liked least about this wonderful building…the altar.  I leave you with the pictures, you can make up your own mind what you think it looks like.  I just know that it feels so out of place and out of character to the whole story that Gaudi was trying to tell.

I hope you enjoyed walking around with me.

Towards the altar Altar

9 thoughts on “Gaudi Part 3

  1. I had no idea that the interior was so extraordinary. I don’t know how one copes with so much visual stimulation at one time. Hope your trip to the Wilds goes well; a big job ahead of you. Keep strong or as we say here ‘Kia Kaha”

    1. I think that’s why you have to just stand there for a while and take it all in. Thanks for the kind words…I am just happy that it will all be over in 10 days.

    1. Happy Birthday (early) back to you!!! I hope you are doing something fun for your birthday. I’ll be in NYC for the weekend just hanging out and doing whatever grabs my attention!

  2. Sagrada familia is one of the best examples of truly organic design. Very rare in the modern era to find such a majestic building that was designed by the architect knowing it would be finished by others. It is a testament to the strength of the concept that no matter what they do, it all seems to fit…. almost.
    (I couldn’t agree more. The altar is truly hideous. No doubt added when the church was recently consecrated by the Pope.)

    Wherever he is, Gaudi is probably not laughing.

    Wherever you are in New York I hope you are having a wonderful birthday! 🙂

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