A long cruise - Barcelnoa, Spain - part 4

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)June 20, 2014

La Sagrada Familia Basilica was begun in 1882. The completion date has yet to be determined. Ideally, it will be finished in 2026, which is the 100 year anniversary of the death of Antoni Gaudi, the architect. However, I have read that some believe it will take until 2040!

There is a lot to do on and around this structure.

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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

The style is a combination of Gothic and Art Nouveau. The money for the continuing construction is derived solely from fees charged for admission.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 10:31AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

This is a closer view of some of the outside architecture.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 10:33AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

A different section of the exterior of La Sagrada Familia. Even with a ticket, the wait in line is about one hour. Generally, tickets need to be purchased 48 hours prior to the desired date and time.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 10:36AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

To get a sense of its size, this photo was taken from Mirador Park early morning.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 10:38AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Unless you are on an organized tour, the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus is the best way to get around this busy city. On an Tuesday in November, it seemed crowded at several tourist sites.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 10:41AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

An outside menu board. The prices can be changed easily. We had some spicy potatoes, which were good.
One Euro = $1.35 USD, so the garlic prawns would be about $7.50.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 10:45AM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

A paella restaurant, again with prices that can be written in and changed as necessary.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2014 at 10:47AM
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west_gardener

Great photos, Jim.
What amazes me about the architects of old times and how they manage to design buildings that would last a long time and have younger generations add to them. Their math skill and knowledge of material is admirable.
These days, stress tests for some buildings are done by computers.
As a foodie, I luv your menu boards.Especially the Paella board, I want to try every one of them.
Cafe Nova also looks good. Yum.
I like the idea of Hop-On, Hop-Off transportation.
We used them in the Philippines, they were more like a Jitney than a bus.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 6:45PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

I spent some time in the Philippines when I was in the Navy in the late 1960s. Jitneys were the way to go. One never knew how many would be along for the ride. It was fun.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2014 at 8:01PM
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