Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sagrada Familia

There are many things to see and learn from in Barcelona...but few went deep into my heart as seeing the "Sagrada Familia" or Holy Family, a structure conceived by architect Antoni Gaudi, who was behind its construction from 1882 until his untimely death in 1926.

The structure continues to strive towards completion. The ornate work that shows Christ's birth, life and death cannot be captured with words. There is hope that all construction can be complete by 2026 to commemorate 100 years since Gaudi's death, but locals state that is only a goal.

Donations towards this magnificent structure have kept the project pushing forward. But, there is a plan to run a new underground tram line 30 meters below the surface of Sagrada Familia, and efforts are underway to try and assure that the towers don't tumble due to vibrations from the tram. Much controversy surrounds this initiative.

As I stood and gazed at the tribute to Christ's crucifixion, I was filled with awe. The story of the resurrected Christ has stood the test of time. Many now view it as a piece of history, but the magesty of this structure was, to me, a sign of the living power of God.

We can all take what we choose from such wonderful architecture, but for me this was a special day that strengthened my faith.

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