I am back with my second day in Barcelona! Melanie and I awoke in the morning and enjoyed a Spanish breakfast on the terrace of our Airbnb together.
Afterwards we decided to go on an adventure and walk around the nearby neighborhoods by our Airbnb. We ran into some pretty cool things along the way.
We stumbled upon an area with some really amazing graffiti and street art.
After our walk, Melanie and I stopped by a restaurant a block away from the Sagrada Familia for some lunch.
After lunch, Melanie and I walked a little around the Sagrada Familia before our tour started. We admired the insanely detailed, beautiful and unique architecture.
A little bit of background information about La Sagrada Familia (The sacred family): This church was built (and today is still in the process of being built) by architect Gaudí. The church architecture is filled with symbols and the design adds to the meaning behind the basilica. The church was also designed with the intent to connect every aspect with nature. There are two main façades of the building, the one pictured above is the nativity façade which represents the birth of Jesus and construction began in 1892. One of my favorite features of this wall is in the center there is a tree of life and open arms which symbolize how the church is open to all visitors.
I want to also preface this by saying that it has been a small dream of mine to visit the Sagrada Familia ever since I learned about it in one of my first Spanish classes. I thought the outside was so unique and beautiful- but I had no idea what was in store for me on the inside. Upon walking into the basilica I was quite literally brought to tears. The beauty of the architecture and design was without a doubt the most amazing thing I had ever seen. The pictures below don’t compare to actually being there.
We also got the chance to exit and get a closer look at the other façade, known as the façade of Passion because it depicts the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ.
We also had the opportunity to walk through the basement level chapel which had a service going on.
Shortly after touring the basilica, I determined that it was the most magnificent man-made structure I have ever seen. I have never before been so moved by an artist’s appreciation for nature and attention to detail in my life. It was unbelievable.
After the tour, we went out to a pizza place for some dinner. It was really nice spending time with Melanie, Ariel, Thomas and Jenny. They are all really great people and so much fun to be around.
Worry less and smile more.