Yesterday I discovered, thanks to my friend The Courtier, that the masterpiece Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, will be designated a Minor Basilica by Pope Benedict during his papal visit to Spain in November.
As you know, Barcelona is in my top five list for future travels. I first discovered Gaudi's masterpiece in a book detailing Art Nouveau European Cities. Ten pages were dedicated to this great, unfinished church, and very little was said about Gaudi and his holiness (there is a cause open for his canonization). I was completely captivated by its strangeness and its beauty.
Recently I came upon these two images, from the so called "Passion Facade". They are grief and pain personified. (And when I look at them I am so sad for what Modernity could have done for religious art, but failed.) I cannot stop looking at these carvings. I really must see them in person.
These photos are part of an excellent collection by Galen R Frysinger. Check them all out! And if you want to read more about La Sagrada Familia, and to keep updated on the current controversy surrounding it and the digging of a metro tunnel, please direct your attention to The Blog of the Courtier, or his second blog, Catholic Barcelona.