When I visited Barcelona for the first time back in 2003, I had just two days to explore the city, but I made it to most of the major sites, including the forever-under-construction cathedral known officially as the Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia – or Sagrada Familia for short. While I marveled at the half-finished building from the outside, I was not able to check out the interior because it was closed to the public.
So when I returned for a couple days this fall, getting a peek inside the Sagrada Familia was at the top of my to-do list. Designed by the famous Catalan architect Antonin Gaudi, this Roman Catholic church has been under construction since 1882. Yes – it is over 100 years in the making and likely won’t be finished for another few decades.
Take a closer look: