Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Tale of Two Churches

Barcelona, Spain has two amazing and very different churches, which I am posting as my item 17 in the Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt.  The Sagrada Familia (or Holy Family) is a masterpiece created by Antoni Gaudi. Here are a few close ups.
The Barcelona Cathedral is a Gothic Beauty.
I visited in the early evening, and the light inside was beautiful:
I think the two churches show the two sides of Barclona - the Gaudi creation represents the fun-loving, late night, crazy clubbing side, while the Cathedral represents the traditional, late-lunching, evening strolling and relaxing side. Although there were other pieces of Gaudi architecture in Barcelona that I adored, between these two, I think I prefer the Cathedral. What about you? Which one is your favorite? 

19 comments:

Karen said...

Beautiful photographs. I, too, prefer the cathedral. I'd love to see these in person.

Irene said...

WOW! They both are amazing. I would love to visit one day. I prefer the traditional Cathedral.

heart.hearth.home. said...

Having visited them both, how to choose a favourite? I have to say that the Sagrada Familia would be my choice for its originality and the Cathedral, would be chosen for its historical significance. I loved them both in their own particular ways.
Hope all is well at home.

scrappyjacky said...

I like them both for their different representations....but if I had to choose a favourite....it would be Sagrada Familia....I just think it's stunning.

Sian said...

I like them both, one for its originality and one becasue I love the Gothic style. I'm sorry we were whisked past both in a bus and I haven't been inside. Your photos are beautiful.

laurie said...

i have never been to spain but your photos are turning the travel wheels in my head. the interiors of places where people worship hold the whispered prayers of so many - i imagine both churches would feel so holy upon entering.

Alison said...

I love both...though have only been inside the Cathedral, not the Sagrada. The Sgrada would prabably win just for the fact that there is so much to look at , even externally!
Alison xx

Becky said...

Beautiful photos - think I prefer the cathedral . This is a city on my must go to list!

Elizabeth said...

They sure don't make churches like that any more. Absolutely beautiful--both of them.

Carolyn Dube said...

You have made this a very hard choice for me! I love Gaudi and I love the style of the cathedral. Nope, can't do it. I tried picking. I am going to have to pick both! Fantastic photos- what a great trip!

Amy said...

Your internal photos of the Cathedral are fantastic Rinda - I'd love to visit Spain one day and see them and then I could pass comment or vote!

Liz, said...

These are fabulous pics. Bringing back memories of a long weekend trip to Barcelona a few years ago. Looks like there's a couple less cranes now!

The Gaudi wins it for me,

Liz x

Beverly said...

I am very much in love with the gothic cathedral :)

Karen said...

I love them both.

Becky said...

Have to add that Hugh and I are now booking a short break to Barcelona in November - inspired by your photos and Alison's too!

Melissa said...

These are both stunning - I don't know that I can pick a favorite.

Hands to Work, Hearts to God said...

I went to Barcelona in 1978 (a looong time ago!) and they were working on the Sagrada Familia. After more than 30 years it is still not finished! It is in a class of its own! Amazing work of art! Patsy from
HeARTworks and
papemelroti

Starnitesky said...

I have a soft spot for Gaudi it is one place I would love to visit.

Missus Wookie said...

Whilst I want to visit Barcelona - and that is to see the Gaudi architecture but I do love the light inside the gothic cathedral.