The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família or the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, which is more commonly known as the Sagrada familia is a Catholic church located in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain that is extremely large. It was designed by Antoni Gaudi, a Catalan architect that lived from 1852 to 1926. The structure is a UNESCO World Heritage site, in spite of the fact that it is not yet finished.
Pope Benedict consecrated and proclaimed the place a minor Basilica in late 2010. Its construction began in 1882, but architect Gaudi became involved a year later, steering its style and engineering towards Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. By the time of Gaudi’s passing in 1926, less than 25 percent of the Basilica was complete. Relying on donations, the progress of its construction went by horrendously slowly, only to resume with some amount of normalcy in the 1950s.it is projected that the construction will finally consummate by 2026 to commemorate the centennial of Gaudi’s death.
Clement Celma is a huge fan of the works of Gaudi, and the photographer has an entire section in his website dedicated to the work of the Spanish architect. Naturally, the Sagrada familia is featured prominently there. Using a wide angle lens, he is able to capture the majesty of the Basilica with breathtaking interior shots. It is evident in his photographs why art critics such as Rainer Zerbst would say “it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art.”
Paul Goldberger, a leading figure in architecture criticism, called the place “the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.” As a work in progress, it will be a singular and historic event when the epic construction of the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família will finally consummate in a few years. Students of great architectural monuments would be well advised to keep an eye on the Basilica’s final completion, the likes of which we will not be witnessing anytime soon again.
See more of Gaudi architecture over at Clement Celma’s website.