The first photo will make your jaw drop.
Every once in a while, Heaven reaches down to touch the earth.
That was clearly the case with architect Antoni Gaudi and his designs for a towering church – now a basilica – called Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain.
It has been described by journalists (including 60 Minutes) as one of the most extraordinary architectural feats in history.
Gaudi, who died in 1926, was a genius who sought, with the huge, astonishing structure, to glorify God.
So sophisticated were the designs that only now, with the most modern technology, can they seek to complete this basilica that has been been under construction for 128 years.
They called him “God’s architect.” His designs were as advanced as they were complicated. He saw space in a wholly different way, one that caused space to explode. It is said that there is the sensation, as one heads toward the altar and peers upward at branched, stone columns, of a forest – which is where he believed men were closest to the Lord.
It was Gaudi’s way of atoning to God for the sins of modern mankind, said a biographer.
Pope Benedict traveled to Spain to consecrate it as a basilica in 2010; it was the first Mass ever celebrated there, alive with an 800-member choir.