Even for non-religious people the use of light in the Sagrada Familia cathedral may evoke feelings of enlightening and elevation. When designing the sacral building the famous architect Antoni Gaudi deliberately designed windows and put stained glass in particular places to create the feeling of a sacred ground flooded by light. The light of course standing in for a spiritual presence. Being religious or non-religious, the Sagrada Familia is a special place evoking strong feelings.
Light is pouring in through the stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona. It symbolises the divine and amplifies the feeling of standing on sacred ground. You don’t have to be religious though to enjoy its power; its conscious use is reflected in the architecture of the church and its colours are mesmerising. Antoni Gaudi made a masterpiece and light was his guiding spirit.
Modernismo was an artistic, literary and architectural movement in Catalonia in the beginning of the 20th century. It was part of a more general movement in this period in the whole of Europe and was called Art Nouveau or Jugendstil as well, depending on the country. Barcelona in particular is well known for many buildings from this period, especially in connection to the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. These buildings are so unique and sometimes make the impression as being from another world altogether. They seem to be the perfect blend of practicability and imagination.
Tibidabo is one of the house mountains of the city of Barcelona in Spain. On the summit you not only have a beautiful look over the city, but also there is famous neogothic church, the Sagrat Cor church, and even an amusement park. It can be reached by a funicular from the northern part of Barcelona or you hike up the mountain. On sunny days the views are incredible and there is a lot to discover up on top.
Catalunya is a region in Spain very often considered as separate nationality. People in this part of Spain speak differently than in Madrid, they have their own history and political views. Many Catalonians believe that the region should gain independence from the Spanish Monarchy and become a nationstate with Barcelona as its capital. Already today Barcelona is the proud capital of Catalunya and its heart in regards to culture, economics and political power.
The skies over Barcelona are ever changing and with the clouds the face of the city changes as well. Light brings different moods and weather can influence the views on a city immensely. No matter if there is rain, a clear sky or dramatic skies, Barcelona has its merits in all climates.