Barcelona – Sagrada Família

Nativity Facade on the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain, 2009

No visit to Barcelona is complete without a visit to the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família. Love it or hate it, but hands down: this is one of the most impressive buildings on this planet!

They’ve been building over 100 years on it now — apparently it’s just over 50% done now. Should take another 20 to 40 years (note the precise estimate). The whole thing is just gigantic, and mind bogglingly intricate.

I’m not going to elaborate on how crazy this church is. Steffi and I spent a whole afternoon there (that’s not counting the queuing to get in), and you should also try to visit it at some stage.

The photo here shows a detail of the Nativity Facade, which is dedicated to Jesus’ birth. To pick out Maria, Joseph and the Little One from the overwhelmingly detailed, almost “overloaded” facade I chose to use my latest toy: the Lensbaby. It’s basically a lens designed for imperfections, the distortions you see are all produced by the lens, there was no “Photoshopping” involved at all as many people would think.

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