Photo of the Week: Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona

Designed by Gaudi, this in-progress basilica's construction began in 1882—and it always impresses.

"Looking at this now brings me right back to this experience. As we entered the cathedral, I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the space that our youth were preparing to sing in. Despite its daunting size, 'Sagrada Familia' (Sacred Family) feels airy inside because of all the windows and stained glass. The sound of children's voices singing sacred music in Latin and Catalan completed the experience." Submitted by Karen Fralick.

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is one of Barcelona's top tourism attractions. The story of this Roman Catholic church started in the late 1800s. Construction began in 1882, and within a year, architect Antoni Gaudi took over the design. Although he died in 1926, his vision continues, and the church is still not completed (although it was far enough along in 2010 to be consecrated and used as an official church). As a side note, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is located in Catlonia, which is—depending on who you ask and the current political climate—either a state within Spain or a separate nation unto itself.

WhereTraveler's Photo of the Week is a feature showcasing the works (and travels) of our users. Whether you're a professional, a  passionate hobbyist, or were just lucky-to-be-there-at-the-moment with a camera phone, submit your photos to WhereTraveler for consideration in our Photo of the Week. We'll pick one photo a week, and include it on our blog, where you will be recognized for your prowess.

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