I saw a whole lot of beauty in a mere two day trip to Barcelona but the Sagrada Familia had to be the most incredible place I’ve ever visited.
Considering it’s still twelve years from it’s estimated completion date (and construction began in 1882!), it’s one of the most glorious pieces of architecture! From the outside, it’s pretty darn cool: the Nativity facade that was most directly influenced by Gaudi is filled with intricate carvings, statues and mind-boggling textures. Despite being covered in scaffolding, you can already see what an incredible church it is – amazingly, it’s not a cathedral!
You have the option to pay just under 15 euro to go inside and around 19 euro if you want to go up one of the towers. Students will be happy to know you can get a discount with an NUS card but even without, I would say it is worth paying to see the incredibly glory! I’d looked up some pictures beforehand so knew that we were definitely going inside, no matter what the price. Words can’t describe it enough so imagine my jaw dropping as soon as I walked through the doors. You could spend hours looking around without getting bored. I’d also like to assure you that these pictures are not photoshopped one bit: the incredible contrasts you see that make some of them look almost cartoon-like are genuinely that way in reality. Feast your eyes…
If you visit Barcelona, make sure you visit. You cannot go through life without experiencing it! I’ve seen a lot of churches in Europe but this is by far my favouite.