There’s nothing else like the Sagrada Familia church, Barcelona. As you enter it feels like a completely different world. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi over 120 years ago, it’s been a long time in the making. And it still isn’t finished!
But have you ever gone to the top of the towers? Things get even better…
The lift takes you up gently, the view is modest. As you exit you’re hit by just how high you are. People look tiny! The stairs down into the balcony are narrow and the walls are low – and there’s nothing stopping you from leaning over (or falling off).
The exterior is covered in scaffolding and you can watch the workers go about their business of constructing this magnificent building against the backdrop of Barcelona.
It looks messy, but I think that makes it more special than just going up a finished church – you can do that almost anywhere. How many places can you actually watch one get built around you?
Walking down some steps you come to another balcony. Unlike the relative security of the main one, which is fully enclosed, the walls of this one not only just about reach waist/chest height, but there are diamond shapes sculpted out from the ground and you can pretty much stick your foot through them! You can also see the tiny people below walking past. I was thinking of all the things that could be accidentally dropped down them…. sandals… lens caps…
You wind down some more stairs. As I was doing this, I heard the people in front of me gasp. I didn’t think much of it to begin with. Then I came to this staircase:
Nope, there’s no inside wall. Looking over the edge all you can see is the staircase spiraling down into oblivion! And you can lean right over! In fact, you could easily fall down! Taking a firm hold on the railing, I descended.
Further and further…
It never seemed to stop (I took all of these photos blindly – I didn’t have the nerve to lean over properly. Instead I held onto the railing for dear life and dangled my camera over the edge. The price of the camera/lens combo flashed before my eyes ;) )
Eventually you hit actual ground. *Sigh*.
It’s the most the dangerous/scary church I’ve ever been to! I absolutely recommend it.
[If you look between the tower on the second from right and the tower on the far right (about three quarters up) you can see the little stairway I first mentioned. Below it is another stairway which leads to the smaller balcony with holes in it]
Want to know more about Barcelona? Check out my post about Barcelona’s street art