The intricate detail of the sculptures and artwork on this facade can only be appreciated in person as this image neither portrays the workmanship nor the grandeur of this structure. This facade was what Gaudi personally supervised and most of the work was complete before his untimely death in 1926. The 4 columns are bell towers, the inner 2 reaching 107m and the outer 2 are 98m, with the particular shape and the gaps between the stones designed to enhance the sounds of the bells.
This was shot 1,965m above sea level from the top of Patscherkofel Mountain in Austria, looking across at the Nordkette mountain range on the other side of Innsbruck.
Right after taking this picture, I got a call to say that the lift cars had been closed down due to high winds and I had no way of getting down as I am ski beginner. After an anxious half hour, I got a a ride down on a snow scooter, which turned out to be the most exhilarating thing I’ve done in my life. Shooting down the snow covered mountain at break neck speed on a powerful, open scooter while holding on to the sides for dear life, is an experience that I won’t soon forget.