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6 Interesting facts about the Sagrada Familia… BARCELONA!

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.

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Everything Gaudí designed is inspired by nature and science.


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.

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When people questioned about the new design and how long it will take, Gaudí famously said –Don’t worry, my client isn’t in a hurry.


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There were used 22 kind of stones for the whole project

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.

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Someone asked to Gaudí why such precision and delicacy for things that won’t be observe, he said -The angels will see [ Nativity Facade ]


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

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Columns branching out like trees


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.

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Look at the same piece several times, each and every time you will discover something new.


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It is predicted to be finished by 2026

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?

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Sagrada Familia Location
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The Sagrada Familia is located in the Eixample (right) district, to the North of the city.

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Sagrada Familia highlights and suggested walks
1. Sagrada Familia 2. Plaza Monumental 3. Pabellon de San Manuel | San Pau 4. The Michael Collins Irish Pub 5. Torre Agbar 6. Arc de Triof 7. Ciutadella Park 8. Port Olimpic 9. Casa Batlo 10. La Pedrera 11. Parc Guell
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Address: Carrer de Mallorca 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain

• 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)


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[ Pabellon de San Manuel ]

• 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!.

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It is worth it to pay 4.50 for the audio guide, available in many languages.

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The views from the tower are impressive

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!


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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]

More tips and information about Barcelona:

BARCELONA: ‘Practical Basic Essentials’ - TTP Travel Guide I

BARCELONA: ‘Practical Basic Essentials’ – TTP Travel Guide I

BARCELONA - TTP Travel Guide II 'What to do and see'

BARCELONA  ‘What to do and see’ – TTP Travel Guide II

Photo Gallery... BARCELONA!

Photo Gallery… BARCELONA!



7 thoughts on “6 Interesting facts about the Sagrada Familia… BARCELONA!

  1. Excellent pictures, information and tips! I have always found this beautiful place fascinating and, since I don’t think I will have much opportunity to visit there anytime soon, this gives me a much better opportunity to appreciate it than anything I have seen. Thank you! And if I ever find the time to go, I will know what to read again before I go!

    • Hi Lloyd’s of Rochester’!, it’s is great how we (people) can share experiences and some knowledge while learning from other ones. Don’t you think so? :)
      We are glad you enjoyed this virtual mini-tour ;)

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