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Sagrada Familia & Parc Güell

by greenrabbitdesigns

In this post I’m going to take you round the beautiful Sagrada Famila and the amazing Parc Güell, my two favourite places in Barcelona! Both the designs of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

As you can see the Sagrada Familia is still very much a work in progress with all the cranes surrounding it!

When Gaudí died in 1926 the church was only 25% completed and since then construction has stopped and started until at present it is about half way there.

Inside it is breathtaking with the pillars reaching way up to the very high ceiling. Gaudí wanted them to resemble a forest and that really is a good description of what they look like.

The light inside is spectacular.

The stain glass is reflected throughout the building.

Just look at these wonderful stain glass windows!

The colours are like jewels.

I do hope you appreciate these photos and the sacrifice I made in order to get them!! You see I have no head for heights, they completely freak me out actually but right to the top we went.

I’m ok (ish) if I’m inside a building but all this open air stuff is scary and I was quite glad when I was back on solid ground!!

The stone work must have taken such a long time to complete as it is all so very detailed.

We were in the Sagrada Familia for hours there was so much to see, definitely worth visiting!

Parc Güell is another must-see when in Barcelona!

The famous mosaic dragon.

These two buildings are either side of the entrance, the one on the left is now a museum but Gaudí did live in it at one time, the other one is now a shop.

This bench is the focal point of the park and takes the form of a sea serpent and the mosaics are a-maz-ing!

All these mosaics were taken from different sections of the bench, I could have taken photos all day!

We had the most fantastic time in Barcelona! Would I go back? Oh yes, in a heart beat, I hope the opportunity comes my way again!

Thank you for sharing our 30th anniversary trip with me, sorry about the length of the posts but it was very hard to leave photos out and believe me I did!

Thanks as always for being here and I hope you all have a lovely weekend! 🙂

I’ll leave you with one more photo taken from the top of Parc Guell overlooking Barcelona, you can see the Sagrada Familia on the left of the picture.

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Mia September 23, 2011 - 5:32 am

Thank you so much for sharing, Viv!

It’s so wonderful to be a part of this blog-community, you not only meet fantastic people and make friends but also have a spectacular holidays all over the world from your own sofa! Barcelona seems so beautiful, and all those mosaic and stain glass colors… Beautiful! And we really appreciate your facing your fear of height for us – spectacular pictures!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Ruth September 23, 2011 - 8:55 am

Goodness what an amazing building! I too would have stayed there for hours and that stained glass – no words to describe how beautiful it is!!! Have a great weekend!

harmony and rosie September 23, 2011 - 9:48 am

Certainly do appreciate your courage in braving the heights just for us! I love holiday snaps so please keep them coming, Barcelona looks a wonderful city to visit.

Have a lovely weekend x

Helen Philipps September 23, 2011 - 10:26 am

You are very brave climbing up all that way!! It was worth it though as your pictures are really stunning! I enjoyed them all, but especially the close ups of those colourful mosaics.
Have a great weekend, vivienne.
Helen x

Susana September 23, 2011 - 10:29 am

Hola. Unas fotos preciosas y que bonitas con el cielo azul. Aún no he visitado la Sagrada Familia por dentro y eso que vivo cerca¡¡, pero es una excursión que me queda pendiente para hacer con mi hijo de 3 años, igual que el Parc Güell. Felicidades por tu aniversario.

Un saludo.


Simone September 23, 2011 - 1:32 pm

Stunning buildings and craftsmanship. Well done on overcoming your fear of heights to get some great shots!!! Have a lovely weekend.x

Annie September 23, 2011 - 4:13 pm

More amazing photographs 🙂 I am so enjoying sharing your Barcelona trip Vivienne 😀

Jenny September 23, 2011 - 5:19 pm

Well done for getting to the top, it is such a long way up!! I remember I got so incredibly dizzy coming back down all those steps, hundreds and hundreds of them (can’t remember why we didn’t take the lift…) your pictures are fantastic! Park Guell was most definitely a beautiful place too and the mosiacs – oh yes I could have looked at them all day too. Amazing! Bet you wish you were still there 🙂 Have a lovely weekend xxx

Amanda September 23, 2011 - 7:47 pm

WOW how beautiful!! I can only imagine when the church is finished all the brides waiting to line up for their wedding there. Breathtaking. So glad you had a wonderful vacation.

@home September 23, 2011 - 9:20 pm

It looks amazing, you lucky thing…. I love all the photos 🙂
Sue Xxx

Bobo Bun September 23, 2011 - 11:14 pm

Hi Vivienne

Happy belated anniversary. You celebrated well it seems, what a wonderful city Barcelona is, thanks for taking the time to share all these wonderful photos, I love your shots of the coloured lights pouring from the windows.

Lisa X

Cuckoo September 24, 2011 - 5:47 pm

Breath taking. Can’t imagine anything like that being built these days even with all the modern technology available.

What a wonderful way to celebrate your anniversary.

Well done for braving the height to take a photo. I had to lie on the floor of the empire state building when I went up there. I went all funny!


Gina September 24, 2011 - 9:21 pm

It’s been a few years since we were in Barcelona but your beautiful photos make me want to go back. The inside of Sagrada Familia looks more complete than when we were there.

alisonb2 September 24, 2011 - 11:33 pm

This is amazing Vivienne! I want to goooooo!!!!

Jane September 25, 2011 - 12:44 pm

Wonderful photos Vivienne, I loved this post. I am amazed to see the church is actually getting finished slowly, there has been a lot more done since we were there about 10years ago. What a fantastic visit you had.Enjoy your Sunday,
Jane x

lily September 25, 2011 - 6:22 pm

The architecture of those buildings is amazing Vivienne, and brownie points for climbing to the top and getting such fantastic photo’s……..what a fantastic place to explore. x

Patty September 26, 2011 - 7:58 am

Wow, you’ve really given us a visual feast with these photos Vivienne, and scaling such heights literally!! I love the stonework and the mosaics, the intricate detail is almost overwhelming, the work that his gone into these is mind blowing.
Have really enjoyed seeing the pics x.

tinajo September 26, 2011 - 9:46 am

You don´t think so, huh? Well you know – you could be right..! 😀

These pics are gorgeous, makes me wanna go there SO bad! 🙂

thelinencat September 28, 2011 - 8:24 pm

I have only been to Barcelona many years ago and the inside of the Sagrada Famila was full of scaffolding so it’s amazing to see the photos you posted showing the lovely clean pillars – I’d love to make a return visit and see how it’s progressed. I’m with on the heights, I couldn’t look out when we went up there! Bethx

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