Churches are fascinating buildings where time seems to stand still. Allow to be led by the smell of incense into the dark Gothic interiors. Watch out for chimera statues!
Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
Sagrada Familia is Antoni Gaudi’s probably most ambitious and stunning design. It’s an enormous temple covered in metaphorical sculptures, sinuous Art Nouveau-ish lines, Gothic elements and towers. Although still unfinished, it has become a landmark and a symbol of Barcelona. People love it for its uniqueness and magical atmosphere. The construction is expected to finish by 2018 and you can contribute to its completion by making a donation.
Notre Dame in Paris
A cathedral of Paris called “Our Lady of Paris” is a stunning example of medieval French Gothic. It contains a few of the precious Catholic relics like the Crown of Thorns, a fragment of the True Cross, and one of the Holy Nails. Its Gothic dark and mysterious interior, thin and brittle-looking columns, and rosetta windows, filled with colourful stained glass, make one feel pretty small and humble – at least in my case they do. The white western façade covered with chimera statues is unique, and it is one of the first churches to use flying buttresses (the external support of the building).
Paul’s Cathedral in London
Sir Christopher Wren set off on a challenge of rebuilding London’s churches after the Great Fire of London of 1666. He designed over 70 churches which were executed in a relatively, for a church, short time. Wren redesigned the church completely to make it look like St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The neoclassical grandeur stands out in London’s cityscape and still attracts crowds of visitors.
This church is just a collection of masterpieces which make up a stunning whole. Next to the main cathedral, which is devoted to Saint Mary of Flowers, there is a baptistery of St John where are two stunning sets of doors, one made by Andrea Pisano and the other by Lorenzo Ghiberti; the latter was called by Michelangelo the Gates of Paradise, because it is so beautiful. The dome of the Cathedral, designed by Filippo Brunelleschi and completed in 1436, is an ingenious mix of engineering and art.