Moving on to Barcelona, Spain, after a long night train.

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain


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I arrived after a long night train from Madrid into the main train station at Barcelona. The first stop I
had was to drop off gear at my hostel. Then I took the city metro down to La Sagrada Familia.
The full name is the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia or the Explatory Temple of the Holy Family.
This church was started more than 100 years ago and still isn't finished today. Antoni Gaudi dedicated
the latter part of his life to this church. It is absolutely awe-inspiring and worth the visit.


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A photo of the Passion Facade at the southwest of the building. You can see the passion of Christ.


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The Nativity Facade is visible here at the northeast of the building.


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A view of the four towers.


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I stepped back a little further to get a better picture of the Nativity side.


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A better view of the Passion.


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A magic square engraved on the side of the Passion.


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I took a photo looking up to the roof of the church. It's entirely made of rock and it's absolutely
gorgeous.


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A view of some of the non-traditional columns supporting the church.


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Looking down what will be the main aisle of the temple.


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Some of the carvings inside the church.


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Some of the gargoyly-looking portions of the church.


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A plan of the completed church.

Park Guell, Barcelona


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Another part of Barcelona that Gaudi had a hand in is the public part of Park Guell. It's up on
a hilltop in the city's north. Gaudi used this area as a means of playing with landscape gardening.
It was a little strange to see a huge outdoor series of escalators to help you get to the park.


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The view down to the Mediterranean.


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You can see the Sagrada Familia from just about any part of the city.


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The park itself is 3 km of roads, walks, and green spaces, along with steps and this strange plaza built
on top of 84 stone columns (some of them leaning). The columns are called the Sala Hipostila and it was
intended as a market area. The beautiful tiled area around the plaza is so typically Gaudi that all
mosaic tile work now makes me think of Barcelona.


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Some of the benches, called the Banc de Trencadis, around the plaza.


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A close-up of one of the benches.


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The two Hansel and Gretel buildings at the entrance to the park.


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The market area under the plaza.


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You can see some of the leaning columns under the plaza.


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I may or may not have gotten yelled at for this one. This was one of my Christmas cards
in 2007.


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A welcomer dressed as the dragon-lizard I rode a few pictures back.


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The top of the Hansel and Gretel house.


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I laughed at the "baked back meat" sandwich here.

More touring in Barcelona


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This is a big statue of Christopher Columbus that is down near the water.


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I'm not sure what building this is, but it's right along the water on Pg to Colom.


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