The Sagrada Familia is one of the most important places people can visit in Barcelona. Something that might seem like a curiosity for people, is the fact that is still under construction. This might sound like something weird for some people, but today talk about the Sagrada Familia symbols, which happen to be a reason to visit it!
Structure of the Sagrada Familia
The structure of the Sagrada Familia is one of the most important parts of it. For those who know about the history of the basilica, they might know that it is part of Antoni Gaudí’s work. Even though he couldn’t finish the Sagrada Familia, he left plans for the rest of it.
Therefore, the structure was thought of since the building began its existence. Gaudí thought about using Byzantine and Gothic architecture, as that’s something that can be seen in the structure. Something that people can also see in the basilica is that it has the form of a Latin Cross, which is mostly used in gothic architecture.
Thanks to other elements, like towers, and other support elements, the Sagrada Familia also has a strong wind resistance and great stability. Also, something interesting is that Gaudí preferred inclined columns over vertical ones. And this can be seen in the structure as it reassembles the branches of a tree, making it look like a forest due to all the columns.
There is also other symbolism in the rest of the structure. For example, in the Nativity Facade, Gaudí used the same techniques, giving it a naturalist character and expression alongside the already mentioned Latin Cross structure.
Sagrada Familia Towers and Facades
When talking about the Sagrada Familia there’s something tourists can’t miss. The towers are important when it comes to explaining the religion in Gaudí architecture.
Something that people who tour in Barcelona might see, is that the towers are not finished yet. Towers are one of the most important parts of the basilica, and there will be 18 of them. Something important to say before tourists go to the Sagrada Familia is that the towers are split into different groups, each one with a different meaning.
The first thing we’ll talk about is the towers that will refer to the Apostles. There will be 12 towers that are meant to be dedicated to these important characters of the Bible. Each one of the towers will have a different name and all of them will be in Latin.
The following four towers are dedicated to the Evangelists, meaning that there are 16 out of 18 towers with different meanings. There are two remaining, one of them is dedicated to the Virgen Maria, the mother of Jesus. And the last one is the most important one dedicated to Jesus Christ. The tower will have a height of 172.5m, (In case you want more information, ask your guide why this particular height is chosen)
Last but not least, the facades. People who tour in Sagrada Familia will see that these are pretty important as they are filled with symbolism no matter where you see them. Depending on which one you visit, you will see that each one of them resembles something from the Bible, or even from the Apostles’ Creeds.
These three facades will feature a monumental narthex, each one different from the other. Also, you will be able to see that these facades will be completed by four domes with a height of 40 meters and located in the corners of the Sagrada Familia.
You will be able to see that, on the north side, two sacristies will take place, and on both sides of the basilica, will be two different chapels, both of them with unique characteristics.
Are you ready to visit the Sagrada Familia?
The Sagrada Familia is a place that is worth visiting. People who tour Barcelona can’t miss the chance to visit this amazing place as it represents one of the most important sites in the city. So now, you know, if you are looking for activities in Barcelona, here you’ll find a lot to do!
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