Every step taken in the Catedral de Barcelona was a step taken in awe. I don't know how, but we were the first people in when they opened the sanctuary in the afternoon so we got the opportunity to appreciate it in solitude for a few minutes before it was flooded with other tourists. It's very hard from a photo to appreciate the pure grandeur of the place.
Photos like this are a great defense for the use of HDR photography. I don't think it's gaudy or overwhelming at all; and this level of detail can't be had with a single exposure. There's not enough dynamic range. It's three bracketed images and at least one looked quite good on its own but was very dark. All of the HDR photos from this Cathedral turned out great.