Any itinerary to Barcelona should include a visit to the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia (Holy Family), probably Antonio Gaudí’s greatest work.
Combining Gothic style and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms, architecture Gaudí avoided straight lines saying –“there were no straight lines in nature”
Apart from your religious believes, or even if you are not into architecture, this is an perfect opportunity to get inspired by beauty and creativity when in Barcelona.
Here 6 interesting facts about this incredible masterpiece:
Caution!… Pictures don’t do justice!
1 • Antonio Gaudí was not the first architect of the project •
It was in 1882 when the first original Holy Family project began under architect Francesc de Paula Villar supervision. In a short time, after some disputes between the architect and donators, the project was committed to Antonio Gaudí (31 years old), who redesigned the original Neo-Gothic plan into a new colossal innovative one.
Learn more about the History of the Sagrada Familia here.
2 • The Sagrada Familia will boast the highest tower on a church in the world -172.5 mts high •
It was designed in the shape of Latinate Cross composed by 5 main naves (95mts length) and crossing by 3 smaller ones (60mts width).
When construction finishes, there will be 18 towers (from 90 to 170mts height) symbolizing the 12 apostles, the 4 Evangelist, Mary and Jesus.
3 • The 3 entrances represent the birth, death and glory of Jesus •
The Nativity Facade (east), symbolizes Jesus’ birth.
The Nativity Facade was built entirely under Gaudi’s supervision.
It is organized around three portals devoted to Hope, Charity and Faith.
The Death Facade (west), symbolizing the Passion of Jesus
The Glory Facade (south), describing Jesus’ Resurrection
Learn more about the Sagrada Familia’s Symbology here.
4 • The Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site •
The most visited attraction in Barcelona, receiving over 2 million visitors per year, it was declared a World Heritage Site in 2005
5 • Antonio Gaudí devoted over 40 years of his life to the Sagrada Familia •
Antonio Gaudi, who was a religious believer, felt this project as a sacred mission. In 1914 he decided to dedicate completely to the project, even moving himself to a living quarter into the building.
Unfortunately, Gaudí died in 1926 in a tram accident. He was buried in the Sagrada Familia crypt.
6 • The Sagrada Familia has been under construction for over 130 years and it is totally financed by donations and tickets sales •
Gaudí planed a construction period of 200 years. He left plans and mockups of the most important details; many of them were destroyed when the Spanish Civil War by 1936.
Although this project has created great controversy, construction has never stopped, even when the Spanish Civil War.
If you can’t wait that long, have a look at this video: The Sagrada Familia Finished in 3D
•• G E N E R A L I N F O R M A T I O N , T I P S & P I C S ••
• Where is it located?
The Sagrada Familia is located in the Eixample (right) district, to the North of the city.
• How to go? / How to get there?.
The easiest way is by metro: L2 (violet) and L5 (blue) | Stop: Sagrada Familia
Buses: 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50 and 51
• When to go?
Even though it is always pretty much busy, weekends are the busiest days.
Opening time: 9am
• How much time do I need?
It depends on you… such a photographer’s paradise could get you hours and hours exploring all of the details!. Consider at least half morning/afternoon.
• How much does it cost?
From 14.80 €
More info about prices / Buy tickets: Sagrada Familia : Tickets On-line (oficial website)
• Other things to do around the area
Take a stroll along Av. Gaudí, a charming boulevard whit some cafes, restaurants and shops. At the end of the way, just 4 streets long, there is a beautiful Modernist building called Pabellon de San Manuel (ref 03) which hosts the cultural center Casa Asia |
There is also an Irish Bar (The Michael Collins Irish Pub – ref 04) which plays live music and have good fresh beers.
Few streets away the area is the Plaza Monumental (ref 02), the last bullring in Barcelona (there is no bullfight since 2012). The building is majestic.
• Some Tips…
Buy your tickets in advance as the queues are much ‘much’ shorter and you will save precious time while in Barcelona.
If you don’t, make sure you arrive as early as you can. It will be good around 7-7.30am -at 8am it is going to be already full!.
It is worth it to pay 4.50€ for the audio guide, available in many languages.
If you are even more interested on this masterpiece, the museum (6.80€) will give you a complete background about the construction techniques, mockups, original designs and drawings, photos and Antonio Gaudí’s life.
Take the lift to the top of the tower (4.50€) and go down by taking the stairs… the views are impressive.
Late afternoon is a good time to go because of the colour of lights inside the Basilica.
Don’t forget to charge your camera batteries!
• More pictures
We hope you enjoyed this post.
The Sagrada Familia is a delightful spot to visit when in Barcelona.
As always, any information, suggestion or advice to share is welcome.
Have a bright day!
Official Website: Sagrada Familia Website
Video-tour: Sagrada Familia, Barcelona [HD]
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