Larger than life

Detail of door in the Nativity facade of Sagrada Familia church

An enchanting part of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona is the beautiful door in the nativity facade. I was walking through it when I saw the beetle in the featured photo. I was drawn instantly into this magical world.

Detail of door in the Nativity facade of Sagrada Familia church

The Family and I stood in front of the doors looking at the flowers and insects visible in the profusion of verdigris ridden green leaves. What a beautiful vision, and such pleasant technicalities. The selective oxidation of different metals is used to create a wonderfully muted polychrome.

Door by Etsuro Sotoo in the Nativity facade of Sagrada Familia church

The press of crowds made it difficult to step back to take a photo of the doors. I managed to get the half that you can see in the photo above. It was designed and executed by Etsuro Sotoo, a Japanese sculptor who has spent a large part of his working life in bringing Gaudi’s vision for the church to life.


By I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.


  1. One of the most fascinating places in the world in fact, our original plan was to visit Barcelone again in October, but due to the great political turmoil and trouble there at the moment we finally changed our mind and then landed in Portugal.


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