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Symbolic monument of Barcelona.
The Sagrada Família is the most emblematic monument of Catalan Modernism. Unfinished work of the genius Antoni Gaudí. The Sagrada Família attracts more than 3.2 million visitors and thus becomes the most visited monument in Spain, in front of the Prado Museum in Madrid. In 2005, like the Louvre Museum, the crypt and the façade of the nativity by Antoni Gaudí was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. All the work is financed by the funds collected during the visits. The Sagrada Família is becoming an increasingly popular monument with a growing number of visitors since 1992.
The first architect was Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, he imagined a church in the Neo-Gothic style. Bishop José Maria de Urquinaona y Vidot laid the first stone in 1882. In 1883, after many disagreements, Gaudí, then 31 years old, was recommended by his predecessor to bring a more ambitious project of the Sagrada Família.
An ambitious project.
Antoni Gaudí wanted to make the Sagrada Família the highest and most imposing monument in Barcelona. He then decided to devote the rest of his career to the monument and imposed its dimensions. 4500 m², 120 metres long, a gigantic nave that can accommodate 14,000 people. An innovative structure such as the chain arch and hyperbolic vaults. In 1885, Antoni Gaudí inaugurated the Crypt, the construction team consisted only of 8 men labourers, 10 stonemasons, 12 sculptors and carpenters. It is with the complexity of such a grandiose project that Gaudí finally understood that he would never see the Sagrada Família completed during his lifetime.
Rather than focusing on the central part of the Sagrada Família such as the nave, Antoni Gaudí was afraid that the project would be abandoned upon his death if the work did not seem unusual. That is why 6 years later, the workers began work on the Nativity façade.
Gaudí wanted to complete this disproportionate door, thus making it possible to launch a whole large-scale project. Overthrown by a tramway on June 10, 1926, he was buried in the Crypt of the Chapel of the Mother of God.
For 10 years, Antoni Gaudí’s assistant, Domènec Sugrañes, continued the unfinished work with the completion of the 3 towers to complete the Nativity façade. On July 10, 1936, Catalan Anticlericals set fire to Gaudí’s workshop where all his plans, drafts and models were kept. Everything was destroyed. There were no documents left to complete the work.
In 1944, work resumed under the direction of architects Francesc Quintana, Isidre Puig i Boada and Lluís Bonet i Garí, and they carried out this difficult task. Jaume Busquets did a real work of sculpture. Josep Maria Subirachs brought a new contemporary style to the statues of the Sagrada Família in 1986, which can be found on the façade of the Nativity of Gaudí.
The consecration of a Basilica.
The Sagrada Família was consecrated on November 7, 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI and became a Minor Basilica. On October 18, 2018, after 136 years, the Basilica of the Sagrada Família finally obtained its building permit from the Barcelona City Council. Completion of the works planned for 2026 to celebrate the centenary of Antoni Gaudí’s death, however, the finishing touches will certainly continue until 2032.
Access with the Sagrada Família ticket.
With your ticket, you will have access to the Sagrada Família as well as the Gaudí Museum and the construction laboratory. Access to the towers is extra.
To know before visiting:
It is important to book your skip the lines ticket because visits are limited to a quota of entries. A time slot is defined, please respect your arrival time. After the purchase of the Sagrada Família ticket, it is neither modifiable nor refundable.
If you visit the towers, storage lockers will be available to store your bag and backpack. A deposit of €1 or a token will be required.
November > February: 9AM to 6PM
March: 9AM to 7PM
April > September: 9AM to 8PM
October: 9AM to 7PM
25, 26 Dec, 1 and 6 Jan: 9AM to 2PM
Time to expect:
Audio-guided tour: 1H30.
With visit of the Tours: 2H15
L2 L5 Sagrada Família Station (1 min. by foot)
Mallorca – Marina stop, lines 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 i B24 (bus stop itinerary).
By Tourist bus hop-on hop-off:
Blue line / Sagrada Familia stop.
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