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Sagrada Familia is Gaudi's supreme masterpiece and one the world's most visited monument. The #1 must see in Barcelona.
If there is one attraction you must see in Barcelona, it’s the emblematic temple of the Sagrada Familia. This mind-blowing masterpiece by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (Reus, 1852 - Barcelona 1926) is the most visited monument in all of Spain and, upon completion, will be one of the tallest religious buildings in the world.
Chances are you’ve never seen anything quite like this before, so don’t miss this opportunity!
The towers of the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família rise above the city to the sound of experts from around the world continuing work on what is the most astonishing part of Gaudí’s legacy, now a World Heritage Site. More than 130 years have passed since its first stone was laid in 1882, and although advances in computer technology have accelerated its construction, it is estimated that the church won’t be completed until around 2035.
Gaudí spent 40 years of his life working on the Holy Family Church, borrowing heavily from nature for inspiration and technical solutions. At first the church looks like some kind of weird melting castle, but as you get closer you see that the whole Nativity facade is made up of intricate sculptures of flora and fauna intertwined with scenes from the Holy Bible. Inside, the Nave is bathed in breathtaking colors as sunlight streams through awe-inspiring stained glass, and tree-like columns support the arched ceilings towering overhead. Gaudí drew meticulous plans and tested his innovative methods by building models, much of which was unfortunately later destroyed during the Spanish Civil War.
Despite this setback and some criticism from Barcelona’s intellectuals, however, work on the basilica continued after Gaudí’s death in 1926. Josep Maria Subirachs’ sculptures of Christ on the Cross grace the more angular Passion facade. Work on the Glory Facade, dedicated to Christ’s Resurrection, began in 2002. Upon completion, la Sagrada Familia will have eighteen towers, the tallest of which will measure 170 meters high.
In addition to these architectural feats, la Sagrada Familia is also an active place of worship, with services being held about once a month and on certain holidays. The church was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
It’s hard to believe that a work of such magnitude exists, that people working together can turn one man’s vision into a reality. Whether you want to make a religious pilgrimage, study the unique architecture, visit Gaudí’s tomb in the crypt, or just see some truly amazing art, the Sagrada Familia is definitely worth the visit.
Buy your tickets online now, save time (lines can be up to hours during summer season) and secure your visit (Tickets tend to sell out fast).
Know that by purchasing your tickets you are personally contributing to the funding of this universal project and gift to all humanity.
Sagrada Familia General Admission: 18€
Under 30 and Students: 16€
Senior (+65): 14€
Children (0-11): 3€
Priority access to the Sagrada Familia "Skip the line".
Unlimited visiting time
3€ service fee/ticket
Visit to the towers. Audioguides.
Due to its limited capacity and great amount of visitors, it is mandatory to choose a time for your visit. We will contact you after your purchase to confirm availability. In case of full booking, we will propose you a different time or full refund. The assigned time must be respected and reservations are held open for half an hour after the reserved time.
Did you know? The Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona has been since its beginning completely funded by the people. Each and every visitors’ contribution still nowadays helps shortening the working time and to complete Gaudi’s excepcional vision.
The first stone was laid in 1882, and it was not actually designed by Gaudi! The original project, by Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, was a Neo Gothic church with no disruptive intentions. De aPaula left due to a disagreement with the commitments and Gaudí was chosen to continue the work, but at one condition: total freedom! His idea was to design a massive sculpture in shape of a cross, and highly decorated, so that the whole building could transmit the Gospel of the Church through its art. The Nativity façade was the first to be completed, and Gaudi could even see the first bell-tower before his tragic death in 1926.
The heritage of his work continued, though, and his close collaborator Domènec Sugrañe took over. In 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, the architect studio workshop was set on fire, and lots of original material from Gaudi was lost forever. This accident didn't stop designing according Gaudi's references and the building went on until today.
The Sagrada Familia is, and will be even more once finished, exceptionally vertical. Gaudi wanted to convey, with its verticality, a sense of elevation towards God. The four façades are designed to be like a book illustrating the life of Jesus Christ, highlighting the four epic moments: Birth, Passion, Death and Resurrection. Inside, a forest of branching columns holds the mighty structure and imitates the look of the trees, expressing highness and inviting to prayer. It's important to underline that Gaudi's most important inspiration was actually Nature. With is forms, its beauty and of course its mathematical perfection, nature shapes can be found everywhere in Gaudi's work in lots of literally eye-popping details. And of course, the use of lights, projected form the sun through many "lucarnes" and skylights, beautifully is spectacular.
Throughout his work, Gaudi developed a new, complex and daring architecture language, often criticized by its contemporaries, but nowadays considered highly avant guarde. Great architects of today all agreed that Gaudi's revolutionary modeling, building and artistic techniques were at least a hundred years ahead of his time.
Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia.
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona
Access with your printed ticket or smartphone from the Nativity façade in Carrer de la Marina.
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.