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View from Passion facade tower at Sagrada Familia – photos and videos

View from Passion facade tower at Sagrada Familia

There are two kinds of views you can enjoy from the towers in the Passion facade of Sagrada Familia, Barcelona. First, of course, is the view of the intricate skeletal like sculptures on the various towers of Passion facade. Second is the amazing view ocean.

The Passion facade faces the west and represents the suffering of Christ during his crucifixion. While the Nativity facade is highly decorated, the Passion facade is austere, plain and simple. Passion towers or Nativity towers – which is better?

Here are some of the best views from the Passion facade –

Four Western towers of Sagrada Família together form the Passion facade view.

View of passion facade's front in Sagrada Familia
It is believed that almost the same number of people climb up the towers in Passion facade as Nativity facade. Image: Pinterest.com

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It took 22 years – from 1954 to 1976 – for the work on the four towers of Passion facade to be completed.

Passion facade's full towers view
According to some tourists, the presence of construction equipment hinders some of the views on Passion facade. Image: Antoniotajuelo.com

Construction of the towers in Passion facade began in 1954, following the drawings and instructions left by Gaudi.

Photo taken from Passion facade tower
The intention of the original architect was to strike fear into the hearts of people who saw Passion facade, and this objective is easily achieved. Image: Thecastlehome.blogspot.in

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In 1987, Sculpturer Josep Maria Subirachs started sculpting the various scenes of Passion facade and finished it in 1990. He took inspiration from Gaudi’s drawings and notes.

Passion facade view of intricate sculpture - Denial of Peter
The shame of Peter, who disowned Jesus after the last supper, has been captured beautifully by the sculptor on the Passion facade. This Passion facade view quite popular with those that climb up the tower. Image: Archdaily.com

The four towers of Passion facade represent the four Apostles James, Thomas, Philip, and Bartholomew.

Magic square on Passion Facade
On the Passion facade, right next to the Kiss of Judas one can view the Magic Square. All rows and columns of the magic square add up to 33 – Jesus’ age when he died. Image: Pinterest.com

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The Passion facade represents the suffering of Christ during his crucifixion. All the sculptures you will see on the towers are around the crucifixion theme.

View from Passion facade - Jesus Christ's crucification
Jesus Christ’s crucifixion scene is central to the Passion facade at Sagrada Familia. Image: Antoniotajuelo.com

Facing the setting sun, which is symbolic of the death of Christ, the Passion Facade is supported by six large and inclined columns.

View from Passion facade Sagarada Familia
Jesus Christ’s suffering is depicted all through the Passion facade. In this view as seen from one of the Passion facade towers, Jesus is seen wearing a crown of thorns. Image: Jeffmatherphotography.com

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While the Nativity facade is highly decorated, the Passion facade is austere, plain and simple.

View from Passion facade tower - Pilate washes his hands
Pilate wanted to spare Jesus, but the crowd hadn’t agreed. In this sculpture, as viewed from one of the towers, he symbolically washes his hands to show that Jesus’ blood is not in his hands. Image: Bluffton.edu

Story of Jesus’ life is told in the shape of “S” – starting from the bottom and moving to the top of the Passion facade.

View from Passion facade - Sitting Christ
This view of the ‘Sitting Christ’ sculpture on Passion facade symbolizes the ascension of Jesus Christ. Image: Wikimedia.org

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The Last Supper is at the bottom of Passion facade and the Crucifixion is at the top.

View of Last Supper at Passion facade
This view of the Last Supper is simple – in line with the style of rest of the Passion facade. Image: Barcelonaphotoblog.com

Videos of views from Passion facade towers

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