The light through the windows was absolutely stunning, these images don't do it nearly enough justice.
Every single detail has been considered.
These giant metal doors made me drool.
THIS WAS THE ICING ON THE CAKE:
Below the Basilica was a whole museum dedicated to the process that housed many original architectural models, drawings and current models and drawings.
When we walked by this room Tom goes, "Look, their own DCRL!" Be still my heart.
I'd love to see the crew in action.
We rode the elevator up to the top of one of the towers and walked down the spiral staircase. It was actually terrifying because it was so windy, but the structure didn't move at all... so that was reassuring. The tops of the towers have mosaic "finial" type structures of fruit and vegetables. They catch the light just right.