(The third of my posts about the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona.)
On the Nativity façade the portico is composed of three entrances devoted to the three Christian virtues: the Faith (to the right), the Hope (to the left) and the Charity (in the centre); each designed by Japanese sculptor, Etsuro Sotoo; decorated with plants, insects and small animals in the style of Gaudí.
Faith on the right is covered in roses with birds and butterflies and is devoted to the Virgin Mary.
Charity in the centre is a double door which depicts Christian Love/Charity with the Holy Family and nativity scene as the focus of the sculptures above. It was the first to be installed and includes ivy leaves and what looks to me to be Virginia creeper, squash flowers and lily flowers as well as numerous insects. The tree of life grows up through the middle of these doors.
The left represents Hope and is dedicated to St Joseph. It is what I call the Iris door as it is full of beautiful iris flowers, lily flowers, bamboo, butterflies, terrapins and other aquatic creatures and insects.
I found it difficult to tear myself away from the outside to actually go inside.
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And you can only see them once you enter the grounds so I was quite unprepared for their beauty.
I think you could probably have a unique blog just about this amazing building. There is certainly enough detail to keep it interesting. Now if I just lived in Barcelona…
Best wishes, Pete. x
You can see how I found it difficult to go inside!
I’m so glad I reconnected with your travel blog. This series on Sgrada Familia alone makes it not to be missed. Beautifula photos of an amazing subject.
So much history and so many beautiful buildings in Barcelona.
We have quite a few photos in common, I’m really enjoying seeing yours!
I’m sure we do Gilly, we often seek out similar details.
Wow. I cannot believe how exact every tiny detail is. I thought those were real plants. ❤ ❤
Incredibly beautiful Tess. I was in my element.
So much beautiful work. It’s not surprising you found it hard to move on. I can imagine standing there for hours finding new details to admire.
Such an amazing work of art!! Thank you for sharing so many details of it 😀
I was captivated by it Sarah. Soooo beautiful.
What a labour of love eh? I would love to take Simon over to Barcelona one day! Such an extraordinary city 🙂
Incredible details, Jude! Thanks for interpreting them for me 🙂 🙂
It is so detailed and beautiful – I’m not surprised that you could hardly tear yourself away.
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