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Barcelona - one of the most visited monuments: Sagrada Familia.

The Sagrada Família is the synthesis of Gaudí’s architectural theory and practice. The first stone was laid in 1882 and the architect worked on the project for over 40 years. During the last 15 years of his life, Gaudí lived in his workshop-studio in the church.

The neo-Gothic style of the crypt and apse evolves into the parabolic and hyperbolic forms of the vaults, making acoustics an important feature of the structure. During his lifetime, Gaudí completed the four towers of the Nativity façade. He left an overall plan of the project and his surviving drawings have enabled building work to continue. When the Sagrada Família is completed, it will have 18 towers, the tallest of which will stand 170 metres.

Inside the naves you can go up the towers, either on foot or by lift, to enjoy magnificent views of the city. You can also visit the exhibition Gaudí’s Workroom located in the schools building, designed by Gaudí.

Antoni Gaudí is the prime example of global architecture. In his works there is no difference between structures and decoration, you cannot tell when one finishes and starts the other. We must find the explanation for this brilliant creativity in his life, his love for the land, his mysticism and faith. That's for sure that never again somebody has been able to reproduce natural shapes -which are part of our world from its genesis- with the magnificence and luxury developed by Gaudí.

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