Barcelona is home to one of the most impressive religious temples in the world. La Sagrada Familia was designed by Antoni Gaudi and started being built in 1882. When I first saw it, I was blown away by the immense size of the temple. In most pictures, I always thought it seemed smaller, but it is over 100 meters high, and the new construction still calls for a 170 meter dome in honor of Jesus Christ.
The best part was seeing Gaudi’s designs when he was building it. He dedicated himself entirely to studying nature and the geometric shapes that can be found in natural design. He used hexagonal shapes taken from beehives to maximize the amount of efficient space usage and designed nearly all of the adornments and parts of the tower to be based on elements found in nature. Because of this, the entire building feels like a gigantic treehouse, and every bit of it is just as impressive as everyone claims it to be.
I think the true magic of the temple is how Gaudi dedicated the remaining 40 years of his life to building it. It truly was his life’s work. Not only that, but Gaudi’s other designs, from arquitecture to furniture, all focused on ergonomic design and the manipulation of geometric structures. The temple isn’t scheduled to be finished for another 30 years, but I would love to go back and see what it is they’ve done with it. If you get the opportunity to go, do it.