Viime vuonna Barcelonan reissullani kävin läpi koko kaupungin pinnallisesti kahdella eri sightseeing tourilla. Toinen oli ihan perus hop on hop off ja toinen oli konferenssin järjestämä kiertoajelu. Tykkäsin molemmista, mutta jäähän niistä vähän sellainen 'en ehtinyt paneutua mihinkään' fiilis, joten tällä kertaa päädyin hyvin erilaiseen taktiikkaan.
Olin kuullut uudelleen ja uudelleen, että tämä on se nähtävyys, joka on ehdottomasti nähtävä sisältä - että ulkoapäin se jää vaan epämääräiseksi rakennustyömaaksi.
Last week on my business trip to Barcelona, I had time for one half a day sightseeing and as I had done the superficial hop on hop off busses last year, I decided to dedicate my time for one place only. All my friends who have been to BCN before had begged me to go into the Sacrada Familia, so that's what I decided to do. I got my ticket from the internet so I didn't have to queue for hours to get in. Even at 9:45, the place was already overrun by tourists. Even with all the warnings, I was still surprised when I entered. My friends certainly were not wrong. Just visiting Sacrada Familia from the outside will not give the whole experience for sure. Once inside, you are face to face with all the light from coloured mosaique windows. Gaudi was careful to guide the light through the windows to the ceilings, to the walls, to the pilars. It's like being in Lothlorien or Westeros. Gaudi took inspiration from the nature, so for example the pilars grow into threes while they climb to the ceiling. Obviously the other big themes come from the bible and new testament in particular: The Nativity, The Passion and the Glory. The althar piece is a crusified Jesus statue with bread and wine. I had an audio guide with me which is a great way of getting more out of the experience. You can also decide to go on your own pace and sit in the middle for as long as you like. I sat in the middle of the chatedral for a long time. Somehow it's possible to still have your own, special experience even with all the tourists around. Underneath the church there is firstly Gaudi's tomb, but also a museum for the building including various cast models. The tour ends to a gift shop, but when I saw it, I decided to walk through the church for a second time. Sarada Familia is definitely worth your time. Take three hours instead of one to look at it. There's few things more beautiful and yet more quirky in the world.