The first stop on my European Extravaganza was the beautiful Barcelona, capital of Catalonia.
This is one of the most unique and quirky cities I've ever visited. I LOVE IT! Hands down, the most interesting amalgamation of architectural styles in one city that I've ever seen.
One of my favourites was La Sagrada Familia, a Catholic cathedral designed by Gaudi that has been under construction since the 1860s. I love this place for its rich symbolism and act of devotion in every single detail--much like an LDS temple--but in a more modern way than any other cathedral I've visited. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Barcelona, take it! And let yourself splurge to visit La Sagrada Familia, audio tour included. You won't regret it!
|The above pictures are of the Nativity entrance, depicting all of heaven and |
earth coming to worship and rejoice at the birth of Jesus.
The stained glass inside is arranged chromatically. Truly breathtaking, and very affecting.
The ceilings held up by tree-like pillars and spread out like a forest canopy.
|The Cloister was equally full of beautiful, symbolic carvings.|
|The Crucifixion entrance, depicting the various events from The Last Supper up to Jesus' burial.|
The Saviour bound prior to His scourging, standing in front of these magnificent
copper doors with the scriptural verses from the Passion Week inscribed.
After a day's break at the beach, I did the Hop On Hop Off bus tour around the city so I wouldn't wear my leg out too much. It was just what I needed to help me get a better feel for the city.
|National Opera House, designed by Gaudi|
|'Modern Houses', designed by Gaudi|
Park Güell, also designed by Gaudi
|My brother wouldn't forgive me if I hadn't made the effort to visit FCBarcelona.|
My last night in Barcelona concluded with the most spectacular sunset.
The whole sky was such a bright pink that the whole city glowed the same colour.
Have I convinced you yet?? Barcelona should definitely be on everyone's 'Must See' list!