Temple of the Sagrada Familia: Apse

Antoni Gaudí

View of apse (wikimedia image);
vertex of wall crowned with basket of fruit


Apse details with gargoyles

While medieval churches often used animals as gargoyles, these creature were invented beings and usually malign. Here common animals are used, although some have been traditionally associated with the demonic: serpents, salamander, lizards, frogs, and snails. Anagrams at the tops of the windows are symbols for Mary or Jesus or Saint Joseph. The apse tower is dedicated to Mary

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Work cited: Josep Maria Carandell. El Temple de la Sagrada Familia. Sant LLuís: Triangle Postals S. L., 1997.
Anonymous. The Expiatory Temple of Sagrada Familia. Dos de Arte Ediciones. Guias Visuales. n.d.

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