“For the first time since I had been in Barcelona [during the Civil War ] I went to have a look at the cathedral—a modern cathedral, and one of the most hideous buildings in the world. It had 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, Homage to Catalonia, London, Penguin Books, 1962, pp. 179-180
“Shortly after entering Barcelona, four grotesque steeples appeared before me. Their peaks seemed to domineer over the city shining with gold. I was struck with a sense of conviction. As I approached, the holes pierced in those four tense conical structures, just like a tremendously appealing demonic whisper, clutched me with force. What I was looking at was Gaudi's last masterpiece Sagrada Familia.”
Hiroshi Teshigahara, 1959
And completely unfairly, favouring the second opinion:
(music, sound effects: Toru Takemitsu, Kurodo Mouri, Shinji Hori).
La Sagrada Familia