Addendum- April 9, 2014- after taking a walking tour of Barcelona, our guide was talking about the medieval cathedral. We asked about La Sagrada Familia- a Cathedral is the home church of a bishop, so La Sagrada is a Basilica as it was blessed by the pope, but is not the home of a bishop. We apologize for the misunderstand:-)
Rich messing around on the balcony of one of the towers (Did I mention that he and I climb every tower we come to? Always go up- you get the best views:-))
This is how high up we were
Front of the Cathedral- upper tier: Jesus on the cross, with Mary looking up; lower tier: Veronica shown the true face of Jesus, as if a mirror for us all; on the right, Jesus carrying the cross; left soldiers. as you can tell, Gaudi's statuary are rough-hewn. but it is quite effective!
Rich showing the height and depth of the interior of the Cathedral
Detail of the ceiling- note how it looks like a forest. Gaudi used nature as his inspiration.
The High Alter
St. George- my favorite Saint! He is holding his sword, but no dragon.
Below: front view of the Cathedral