Sagrada Familia is the most famous creation of Antoni Gaudi and is the undisputed symbol of Barcelona.
This unique, extravagant, ambitious, controversial, and modern temple has been building since 1882, and is planned to be finished by 2030.
Francesc de Paula Villar, a Spanish architect , headed the project of Sagrada Familia initially. The first stone to the foundation of this basilica building was laid down in 1882. Just a year later Antoni Gaudi had become responsible for design of the project, and dedicated himself fully to this task as an architecture director since 1884 until his death in 1926.
Gaudi had time to complete the crypt and the major part of the Nativity façade only, which were included in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. Extant models and drawings have allowed continuing construction works that are financed from private donations.
Sagrada Familia was proposed as a building full of symbols. There are three breathtaking facades: the eastern one is dedicated to Christ’s birth, the one facing West is dedicated to the Passion of Christ; the largest southern Glory facade is devoted to belief in God. Four spires on each facade are to represent the Twelve Apostles.
Gaudi intended to erect eighteen spires totally. A domed spire symbolizing the Virgin Mary will crown the apse eventually . Four tall spires dedicated to the Four Evangelists will surround the tallest spire that will be built in the center, and will symbolize the Savior.
You can climb the existing spire by foot or go there by means of a lift in order to enjoy the spectacular views of Barcelona .
We strongly recommend you to buy tickets with audio guides in advance (at least two weeks) online to avoid a large line to the entrance.
Address: Mallorca, 401
How to get there: Metro L2 and L5. Stop: Sagrada Familia.
Bus 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, and 51. Stop: Sagrada Familia.
Barcelona Bus Turistic. Stop: Sagrada Familia.
Website : www.sagradafamilia.cat
From October to March : daily from 9:30 to 17:30.
From April to September : daily from 9:30 to 19:30.
January, 1 and 6; December, 25 and 26: from 9:30 to 13:30.