You can not leave Barcelona before visiting the famous LA SAGRADA FAMILIA! This impressive church is a must-see monument in the city, you simply can not miss it! It’s one of the most famous monuments in Spain, and in the whole world too! La Sagrada Familia is a Roman Church designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudi.
La Sagrada Familia is a Roman Church designed by Gaudi. It is one of the most famous monuments in the world and definitely the most emblematic of the city. Started thanks to donations, the work began in 1882 and is still going on today. The site was classified at the UNESCO world heritage in 2003. It is very controversial because of its architecture that is mixing different architecture styles, but we can all agree that it is the must-see Church to visit in Barcelona.
History of La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia is a colossal Roman Catholic Church still under construction. It is one of the most popular tourist sites in the world and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI and over the years it has become the universal symbol of Barcelona and Spain. The construction of La Sagrada Familia began in 1882 with the architect Francesc de Paula del Villar i Lozano.
In 1883, Antoni Gaudi was engaged to carry on the works and then devoted his life to the realization of this monument. Until 1910, he worked on many buildings and soon, personified the modernist movement. He already had a grand reputation when he started La Sagrada Familia. Steeped in religion, he began to consider the building as a sacred mission. He invested all his money and his technical knowledge with a set of symbols representing the birth, death, and resurrection of Christ. He died in 1926 and left the monument unfinished.
Interrupted in 1936, the construction was resumed in 1952 thanks to the plans and existing models. The two sides currently visible are the lateral sides of the cathedral; the main sides are still being built. The first side is the Nativity, organized around three portals: Hope, Charity, and Faith. The second side is the Passion, which recalls the last days of Christ. The main side will be the one of the Glory, crowned with four towers.
The Sagrada Familia will be able to accommodate more than 13,000 people and a choir of 1,500 people. Its anticipated completion date is 2026, and in 2026, it will be the centennial of Gaudí’s death. The entire building is an allegory of the Christian religion. As an amazing building of monumental proportions and meticulous decorations, La Sagrada Familia is one of the greatest monuments of the century. Despite cranes and scaffolding, a strange beauty emanates from this place.
Tickets for La Sagrada Familia
Although La Sagrada Familia is far from being complete, it is definitely worth the visit. The church is extremely rich in ornamentation and symbolism and has vaults that reach 230 feet. You can even visit the crypt where Gaudi is buried. A museum tells the story of this great architect as well as the history of the church. To get to the top of the towers, visitors must take the elevator. The access to the tower is not included in the entrance ticket. But you should still go because from the top of the towers, you will have one of the most beautiful views of Barcelona.
Prices without audio guides: €17 | Prices with audio guides: €25.
An additional charge of €4.50 is asked to visit the towers.
It’s better to visit La Sagrada Familia in the early morning or late afternoon when the reflections of the sun magnify the structure of the Church. Moreover, a good suggestion is to buy your tickets online, to avoid long hours in line. For a more exhilarating and detail-packed experience of the church, there is also a skip-the-line guided tour available, if you are very keen!
If you want to learn as much information as possible without paying a fortune for a guided tour, rest assured, audio guides are available in up to 15 languages for the visit of the Church.
How to get there?
- Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona
- By metro: stop at Sagrada Familia – Line 2 (Purple line) and Line 5 (Blue line)
Good to know
From April to September: 9h00 to 20h00
From October to March: 9h00 to 18h00
Exceptions on December 25th, 26th & January 1st, and 6th: 9h00 to 14h00
If you need more information about the Sagrada Familia, you can always call them or write them an e-mail. Here is their contact information:
Tel.: +34 935 132 060