There is just so much to this church, which was consecrated as a basilica in 2010, that I could never give it its due. In order to appreciate it, you have to stand inside it.
It makes my gardening blog because of Guadí‘s influences in its design – nature. There’s an exhibition within the church showing Gaudí’s organic architectural inspiration in seedpods, leaves, fruit, minerals, vines, tree knots, tree branching, honeycombs, oleander branching, basil growth patterns, passion fruit, buds and spikes of cereals and grasses, the fruit of the cypress, and dozens more. They can be observed both blatantly and subtly, as well as unseen – the structural engineering of the church incorporates engineering Gaudí also found by studying his natural surrounding.
|The back of the church is the least interesting,
looking more conventional than the other facades.
|The downspouts, rather than gargoyles, were native animals and reptiles.|
|Peaks of roofs featured different fruits native to the Mediterranean. They are colored mosaic pieces.|
|Any architect can create a vertical column. These are Gaudi’s take on the columns
on the “Passion” Facade., still being worked on.
|The sculptures on this facade are the 12 stations of the cross, usually depicted within a Catholic church. I’m not Catholic but you have to admire the story telling skills of Gaudi and the sculptors.|
|There’s a faction that believe the sculptures are a bit too modern and even Brutalist, but I love them.|
|Mediterranean plantings along the base add lots of texture.|
|The crucifixion. That is a bible forming the hair on his head.|
|And typography is incorporated throughout the interior and exterior of the church. Here words in dozens of languages make up biblical terms and names.|
|This is the door. Lower right is the door handle.|
|Natural elements, shells, leaves, flowers and the occasional skull are mixed in with the typography|
|The Nativity Facade features three towers – one each for Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Plant and animal impressions busy the facade in a vining, twining pattern on all three entrances to the church.|
|It’s busy – but everything has meaning. Even the sort of melting dripping stone in the center of the photo, above the sculpture is the outline of a local mountain range – upside down.|
|The Tree of Life (NOT a Christmas Tree) caps off the church entrance and helps form a passageway between the towers.|
|It’s busy. But up close you can make out birds, animals, reptiles plants, fish and more. I did not see a kitchen sink.|
|On the Nativity Facade, the plants offer a colorful respite from the overwhelming-nes of the building.|
|I just love that typography is part of the design.|