Mosaic Muse Inside La Sagrada Familia
Mosaic muse inside La Sagrada Familia is actually the first article I dedicate to the city of Gaudi, and daydreams… This city embraced art and architecture like no other, and this fact is revealed in its remarkable Catalan architecture and many stupendous modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí. Just like Ravenna and Tuscany, Barcelona is also believed to be one of the world’s most important centers for mosaic art, colorful ceramic tiles, stained glass, and carpentry.
Enough said. Let’s take a loop through the most beautiful unfinished dream in the world and contemplate some of the world’s most beautiful mosaics!
Surely a visit to Barcelona will remain incomplete without a step foot inside Gaudi’s 170-meter-tall Masterpiece and one of the most famous landmarks in Barcelona. “La Sagrada Familia”. The Basilica of the holy family is known as one of the most intriguing contemporary churches in the world; still under construction since 1882.when the first brick of the huge monument was laid.
Inside The Basilica of the Hermit Architect:
Designed by the notorious Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudi ( 1852-1926), the church is prominent for its prosperous symbolism and captivating architecture. Even incomplete, the church is already listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and visited yearly by thousands of sightseers.
Gaudi took over as the leading architect in 1884 and changed the project from a small Neo-gothic church to his own style of architecture that uttered strong religious and nationalist feelings. Gaudi abandoned all secular art and devoted his life to the Sagrada Familia.
He worked on it tirelessly for over 40 years, living as a virtual hermit in a workshop on the site. When questioned about the slow tempo, he replied: “My client is not in a hurry!”
Nevertheless, less than the quarter of the project was finished when Gaudi suddenly died in an accident in 1926. The Sagrada Familia’s construction developed gradually as it leaned on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil war only to resume sporadic development in the 1950’s. Construction passed the mid-point in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining.
Wonders of La Sagrada Familia:
La Sagrada Familia is a magnificent exemplar of the incorporation of religious symbolism into architecture. The most notable examples are the 3 facades and the 18 towers.
The eighteen spires represent in ascending order of height the Twelve Apostles with a statue on top of the tower for each one, the four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and, the tallest of all, the tower of Jesus Christ topped with a great cross.
This tower is supposed to be 180 meters long, just one meter less than the height of a nearby hill, Montjuic, as Gaudi believed his work should not surpass that of God. Eight of the intended 18 towers have been built so far. The completion of the spires will make Sagrada Familia the tallest church building in the world. The facades, on the other hand, are also filled with precise symbolism: the passion Façade at the west, the Nativity Façade at the east, and the Glory Façade at the south. Each façade has 3 portals representing the virtues of Faith, hope, and love.
Mosaic Art Muse:
When Gaudi took over as the leader architect of the Sagrada Familia, he thought about having a mammoth amount of texture, light, and color in the church to tussle the sometimes oppressive impression that Gothic churches might have. Anyone said color, light, and texture? Then it’s definitely a mosaic muse! Although the size of the monument makes its enormous mosaic artworks seem small, but these are what give the Sagrada Familia a timely tale outer shell! Rising about 400 feet above the street, colorful mosaics adorn the four tallest spires of the monument which represent the 8 apostles.
Last but foremost, as Gaudí gave them the most meaningful status as the architecture of the carvings, one must not forget to mention the ethereal beauty of the cathedral’s mosaic art stained glass windows which contribute to the overall light and peaceful feeling inside the church.
In one word, how you describe the Sagrada Familia?
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