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For the first time since I had been in Barcelona I went to have a look at the cathedral–a modern cathedral, and one of the most hideous buildings in the world. It has four crenellated spires exactly the shape of hock bottles. Unlike most of the churches in Barcelona it was not damaged during the revolution–it was spared because of its ‘artistic value’, people said. I think the Anarchists showed bad taste in not blowing it up when they had the chance, though they did hang a red and black banner between its spires.

–George Orwell on [Antoni Gaudí’s Cathedral] Sagrada Familia, Homage to Catalonia, 1938; courtesy of Wikiquote

For what it’s worth, while Sagrada Família is indeed a bit Surrealist and—well, out there–I do not agree with Orwell’s assessment of it.  Then again, I’m somewhat sympathetic to Surrealism.  In any case, the picture’s here–draw your own conclusions.