Visit to the Sagrada Familia

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Sagrada Familia. I hadn't been inside for about 5 years, it's amazing how much progress has been made.

The first time I visited the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, in 1983, there were only 8 towers, basements, an altar in the middle and little else.  You could walk up narrow spiral stairways on the façade which represents scenes from the birth of Christ.  The entrance fee was pretty much just symbolic and there weren't many visitors.  Over the years I've gone back a number of times, to bring visitors, my kids and just on my own.  The last time was 5 or 6 years ago.  I used to drive by nearly every day on my way to work or taking kids to school and was impressed by all the progress I was seeing. So, I decided that the next chance I got I would go for a visit. 

A friend from Poland was visiting Barcelona last week so I decided to include this visit in our itinerary.  It sure has changed a lot!  Now, entrance is 8 euros - not cheap! For an extra 2 euros you can take an elevator up the newer of the two facades - La pasión.  I was impressed by all of the progress, how much work has been done and how much remains to be done.  Amazing how many people were in there!  Just an average Friday in May and it was "standing room only." 

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