It all started with La Sagrada Familia, which is actually a giant construction site, and it has lots of scaffolding on it. Yes, that's right, it's still not finished, and it won't be until sometime around 2020. But it's not the scaffolding on the church that scared us, it was the construction site across the street that did. A block of flats was being restored and the whole side of the building was covered in scaffolding, but we hardly noticed it next to the majesty of the cathedral. And, as we stood in line for tickets to get into the basilica, the contruction workers went about their business. Just another day Barcelona, right?
We were standing in line, minding our own business; Santa Ana was taking photos of one of the facades of the church, and I was getting bumped in the leg with the bag of the girl behind me, who was having a very lively conversation in Russian with the guy next to her. Suddenly we heard a loud noise, and we turned to see a whole section of the scaffolding collapse and come crashing down to the sidewalk. One of the workers jumped out of the way just in the nick of time to avoid falling along with the structure, and a huge cloud of dust arose from the rubble.
I didn't take photos right away, first out of shock, and then I wanted to make sure nobody was injured, because it just seemed to be too macabre to photograph something like that. Guess I'd make a horrible reporter. But after a few minutes it was clear no one was hurt, and I got these two shots.
I read later that a couple of the workers were trapped on top of the structure, and they had to be rescued by the fire department, but I guess we missed that while we were inside the church. It's really lucky that no one happened to be passing underneath at the time, especially considering the number of people in the area, since it was just across the street from La Sagrada Familia. I've walked underneath scaffolding more times than I can count, but the thought never occurred to me that I might be squashed like a bug if it collapsed.
After that, Santa Ana and I avoided every scaffold we saw (and it turns out that Barcelona is full of them). Well, except the ones in La Sagrada Familia. We figured the security measures would probably be better and that it was unlikely that there would be any accidents there, although you never can be too sure of what might happen. Just last Tuesday some weirdo started a fire inside the church, and everyone inside had to be evacuated. So, like I said, you never know.
Anyway, we did get to see La Sagrada Familia, nothing fell on us, no one set us on fire, and I must say, it was spectacular. My photos don't really do it justice, but here are a few.
|Close up of Passion Facade|
|Close up of Passion Facade|
|Inside the Central Nave|
|For some reason this made me think of the Great A'Tuin of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series|
We sure won't be trying our luck by passing underneath a scaffold any time soon.