Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia

Last month, I was able to cross off two of my top ten bucket list destinations. It might’ve taken me a while to realize my dream of visiting Barcelona and La Sagrada Familia, but it was well worth the wait. I only wish I had gone sooner! I had to do some serious reshuffling on my “top five favorite cities ever” because I fell in love with Barcelona. There’s a stunning surprise around every corner. Plus, what’s not to like about tapas and beaches? Barcelona has EVERYTHING!

La Sagrada Familia is Antoni Gaudi‘s masterpiece. A stunning example of warped Gothic architecture and a blend of everything that Gaudi had designed previously, La Sagrada Familia hasn’t been completed yet. It was started in 1882, and the story of its creation, along with the story of Gaudi’s brilliant career and subsequent downfall and death are like something out of a novel. Gaudi devoted the remaining years of his life to La Sagrada Familia. He poured his savings into the construction of it, and eventually ended up living in the cathedral. He was tragically killed in a tram accident at the age of 73.

La Sagrada Familia is a collection of religious symbolism, and it’s filled with all the characters that represent the life of Jesus. When La Sagrada Familia is complete, it will have a total of 18 towers. Each tower is dedicated to a different religious figure in history, and each tower is completely hollow to allow the placement of various types of bells.

Proceeds from tourism fund its ongoing construction, which should be finished by 2026. It’s sad that Gaudi never got to see his life’s work completed. At the time of his death, only the crypt and the Nativity tower had been built.

As a side note, it must be karmic fate that the one place I’ve been wanting to visit and photograph for ages is the place where my Canon 7D fails, or rather, my lens did. I was only able to take about ten photos before I had to switch to a point and shoot. I was so disappointed! 

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This is the view from the roof of my hotel.Sagrada Familia, Barcelona-6017

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Post Author: Carrie Kellenberger

I'm a chronically ill Canadian who has been living in Asia since 2003. I moved from China to Taiwan in 2006. I'm an experienced businesswoman and have worked in many leadership positions in Asia. In addition to my own work, I've been writing professionally about Asia, travel and health advocacy since 2007, providing regular content to publishing companies and travel publications in Asia and North America. I started writing about my health journey in 2009 after being diagnosed with Ankylosing Spondylitis. In 2014, I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and ME/CFS, which came with other massive health issues. These diagnoses were the start of my journey as a health advocate and patient leader. Since then, My Several Worlds has been recognized worldwide as a top site for AS, fibromyalgia, and chronic illness by WEGO Health and Healthline.

8 thoughts on “Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain


    (October 19, 2013 - 5:34 pm)

    By far one of my favorite places I ever visited!

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    (October 22, 2013 - 11:15 am)

    I love it! It’s so unique. I’ve never made it to Barcelona, but I’m sure I will one day when I’m back in Europe. This will be my first port of call 🙂

    Julie K.

    (November 15, 2013 - 4:07 am)

    Gaudi´s work is absolutely unique and timeless! All the sculptures and oddities and the sheer scope of this place, this masterpiece made my jaw drop to the floor. At the entrance we almost gave up, the lines moved so slow, but after getting inside we were glad we didn´t. It was definitely worth our almost two hour wait! Always makes me sad though to think about Gaudi´s tragic end..all alone, living almost like a beggar and finally ran over by a tram..


    (January 12, 2014 - 2:38 am)

    What a spectacular sight to see! We have yet to make to Barcelona, Spain but when we do this will definitely be the first stop on our list. Sorry to hear about your camera lens but so glad you had a back up point and shoot with you!

      Carrie Kellenberger

      (January 12, 2014 - 11:36 am)

      Thanks, Barbara. I hope you make it there soon. Do you have big travel plans for 2014?


    (January 14, 2014 - 12:29 pm)

    I been here last year and i really love the Sagrada Familia.


    (January 20, 2014 - 6:51 pm)

    It will take a while until they finish it…
    Hey, I went up there and I even got lost in the towers. Coming down was the hardest thing!

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