Ls Sagrada familia is a cathedral designed by Gaudi that has been under construction since 1882! It has started a lot of disagreements between the people of Barcelona whether is be over an undergound train leading to the monument and the damage it might do to the building or it being built up after Gaudi died in 1926 and how much it would have met his original design. It was definitely a “Gaudi site” ;)
This is a memorial put up by the Catalanian people. I didn’t know about this culture before going to Spain, but the Catalan language is actually the dominant language in Barcelona and these people are actually trying to regain their independence from Spain right now. This statue is in the place of what used to be a park and is the burial place of many. The man who used to own the park said he would only give the land to the church if they could prove they needed it to bury the bodies. So, someone had to die in the next week so he could prove this. It was the last day to prove it and the priest knew nobody would die, but really wanted the land, so on his way to see the man he was relieved, unfortunately, to see a homeless man die of a heart attack on the street. He claimed him as part of the church and the man was buried in this place. There is now an eternal flame at the top of the monument symb olizing that the Catalan people would never die out.