Photographer's Note

La Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia (The Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Family) is a landmark church in the Eixample district of Barcelona, Spain, arguably one of the defining features of Barcelona. The original church concept was designed by Antonin Gaudi, one of the leaders of Spain's Modernist style (an ofshoot of the Art Nouveau movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries). Construction began in 1882 and is scheduled to complete in 2026, with the temple opening to worship in 2010.

Barcelona was a center of Modernist art, and Gaudi was a prolific artist; his works can be seen in many locations around the city. This church is his masterpiece; he spent 40 years designing and overseeing its construction, and the last fifteen years of his life were dedicated solely to the temple. He moved into a workshop on the church site, sketching and building models. Gaudi died in 1926 after being hit by a streetcar, but the work on the temple continued. Work was set back during the Spanish Civil War; although the temple itself was not damaged, anarchists destroyed the plans and models for the church, and work did not resume until 1940. The completed plans are partly reconstructed from Gaudi's restored models, partly interpreted from the existing work, and partly new interpretations by other artists on the existing theme.

This photo is of the northern transept of the church. I took a more standard wide-angle view of the ceiling, but here I really wanted to exaggerate the columns and lead up to the upper supports of the roof and show the interlocking lattice, designed to resemble trees in the forest.

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