The Sagrada Familia – 20 Photos of the Most Beautiful Unfinished Building

If you’ve ever visited Barcelona, Spain or looked at pictures of Barcelona, you’ve probably encountered the work of the Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852-1926). Most of Gaudí’s buildings, and even a park he designed, are scattered throughout Barcelona and can be recognized by their fantastical features.

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la sagrada familia desde el “terrat” by jacinta lluch valero

Gaudí’s masterpiece is without a doubt the Sagrada Familia. A church that is striking both in its general form and the amount of details that have been put into it. The Sagrada Familia is also known for it’s extremely long construction period. The building of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and when Gaudí died in 1926 only 15-25 percent of the building was completed. After Gaudí’s death, the building process was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War and Gaudí’s models of the church had been destroyed. Nevertheless, the construction of the church has been continued by new generations of architects and builders through the years. Currently, the building is projected to be finished in 2026, a hundred years after Gaudí’s death.

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From 1882 to 2007 by Angelo Amboldi

The history of the Sagrada Familia is inspiring because it shows how one person’s vision can be taken up by following generations who together create something incredible. The building itself can also be inspiring, as it brings together an impressive form and fascinating details. For photographers this raises the problem of there being too many things to take pictures of.

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Sagrada Familia by Milos Milosevic

Gaudí’s style is influenced by Orientalism, neo-Gothicism and Art Nouveau. During his career, he also developed his own Naturalist style based on organic shapes. In the Sagrada Familia you can see many of these different influences. For example, the eastern facade, depicting the Nativity scene, is in a rich Gothic style with lots of decorations.

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Natividad…. pero en donde?…Sagrada Familia “Pórtico de la Caridad “(Barcelona) by jacinta lluch valero

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Sagrada Familia by Feliciano Guimarães

Gaudí’s Naturalism is best shown by the pillars and ceiling inside the Sagrada Familia which resemble a forest. Especially the ceiling makes for beautiful pictures.

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The inner Forest / El bosque interior by Jesus Solana

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Close Encounters of the Third Kind by SBA73

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Tot conflueix / All’s conected by SBA73

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Gaudi Dreams by Steve Jurvetson

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No pensava veure mai aquest sostre finalitzat… by SBA73

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Sagrada Familia by Xavi

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sagrada familia rosetta window by Travis Miller

The western facade, dedicated to the Passion, is a lot more austere and modern, but also uses some Naturalist forms.

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The Crown of Thorns by Don McCullough

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Barcelona Sagrada Familia by Wolfgang Staudt

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Sagrada Familia – Interior by Damianos Chronakis

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Image by Andrew E. Larson

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nautilus by marc cornelis

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Stand Boldly by Don McCullough

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stained glass by jenny downing

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The Postcard View by Don McCullough




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Jay Long
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Beautiful images. Gained appreciation for architecture and photography all in one swoop.

Laura from Ld Nature Photography
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What a gorgeous building! I love all the detail.

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