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Sagrada Familia Guided Tour in English. Be guided by an expert through the mystical and visionary world of Antoni Gaudí, one of the greatest architects of all times.
Quite possibly one of the more unusual Roman Catholic Churches you’ll ever see is la Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, without a doubt the crowning jewel of Antoni Gaudí’s legacy. The Nativity facade of the temple looks like a giant dribbled sand castle but is in fact swarming with intricate sculptures depicting teachings from the Holy Bible. Its spindly spires reach ever heavenward as expert workers from around the world strive to complete this mammoth endeavor begun over 130 years ago by the master architect Antoni Gaudí.
While it is possible to make a spontaneous visit to the church, lines tend to get quite long quite fast, snaking around the block as the hot summer sun rises in the Barcelona sky. That’s why here at Ticketsbarcelona.com we recommend you book a tour with a professional guide. Not only will you skip right to the front of the line and save precious vacation time, you’ll also be able to enjoy the luxury of having your own private guide explain exactly what makes this world-renowned project so mind-bogglingly special.
Although it’s not hard to understand what all the fuss is about, especially once you’re inside. Have fun exploring the Nave while learning about nature’s influence on Gaudí’s work, it being a source of both inspiration and ideas for his technical solutions. Take your time to notice the rich symbolism imbued in every aspect of the mystical building. The best time to visit the Sagrada Familia is in the afternoon, when sunlight comes streaming through the stained-glass windows and lights everything up with the most breathtaking colors.
Follow our guide down into the Sagrada Familia museum to learn more about the fascinating history of the church. Unfortunately, most of Gaudí’s original plans and models were lost during the Spanish Civil War, but much of what remains can be seen in the museum. This was the last project Gaudí worked on before he was tragically hit and killed by a tram in 1926; it seems only appropriate that he be buried in the Crypt, where you can visit his tomb today.
There are many reasons that the Sagrada Familia is an absolute must-see during your stay in Barcelona. It is the most-visited monument in Spain; upon completion, it will be one of the tallest religious buildings in the world; it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984, and consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. But most of all, it is a main ingredient of the rich cultural heritage that makes Barcelona what is today.
Under 18: 22€
2 hours approx. After the tour, you can stay inside the Sagrada Familia as much as you wish.
Visit to the towers. Audioguides.
Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia. Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona
Metro L2 y L5 Sagrada Família
Bus 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 y B24
The temple is fully accesible and the personnel at the information office in Carrer Sardenya is available for assistance to special needs. The towers are not accesible due to the reduced dimensions.