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The Nativity facade of Sagrada Familia
For this project the artist designed three grand facades. Two of them, the Nativity facade and the Passion facade, have been completed, while the third one, the Glory facade, is still under construction. The Nativity facade is dedicated to the birth of Jesus and features rich decorations of natural motifs and statues depicting nature in its various forms. Gaudi originally imagined it as a polychrome structure with painted ornaments and statues, but eventually left them in their natural color. The Passion facade contrasts with the rich design of the Nativity facade for its austere and plain look. Its ample bare stones were arranged to resembles the structure of a skeleton. Gaudi aimed to further stress Christ's sacrifice with a chiaroscuro effect due to the shadow play of the supporting pillars.

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