|Picture of Sagrada Familia - a giant Basilica in Barcelona by Antoni Gaudí.|
La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí's most famous works in Barcelona. It's a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 (that's not a typing error!) and it's not expected to be completed for between 30 to 80 years ( time for completion varies depending on different sources of information)
Much controversy surrounds the building of the Sagrada Familia. Today new construction materials are being used which, some feel, Gaudí himself would not have used.
Video showing the highlights of La Sagrada Familia
When you visit the building you will see the contrast in the stone colour between the front and back of the building. Also the actual style of construction appears somewhat different between the new and old parts of the building.
|Gaudí barcelona architecture side view of la Temple Expiatori de la|
Gaudí played an active role in directing the construction of the Sagrada Familia until his death in 1926. He would often request that work be modified and adjusted until it was exactly what he had in mind. However today, because of the nature of the existing designs, his work is partly open to interpretation.
Interpretation of the ordinal designs by present day architects is particularly challenging because the actual construction stones are irregularly shaped.
The building is still under construction so be prepared to see a lot of work continuing when you visit. However this in itself is interesting, especially if you visit the museum inside the building.
Regardless of all the controversy surrounding the Sagrada Familia it is a truly magnificent building and an absolute must-see when you visit Barcelona.
|Location of La Sagrada Familia to the nearest metro stop. Click for a magnified view of this map|
To learn more about the see this page La Sagrada Familia.
Address: La Sagrada Familia
Calle Mallorca, 401
08013 Barcelona, España
October - March: 09:00 - 18:00
April - September: 09:00 - 20:00;
25 and 26 December, 01 January and 06 January: 09:00 - 14:00.
Disabled Access: Yes
Metro: Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2)
Queues to get in the Sagrada Familia
If you plan to visit the Sagrada Familia and only intend to purchase your tickets at the entrance be prepared for a long wait. The queues to the Sagrada Familia can be an hour or more. It is much better to purchase your entrance tickets in advance and skip the queues entirely.
If you would like to learn more about Gaudí's park Güell and Sagrada Familia together then consider going on the guided Gaudí tour. The tour includes entrance fees, bus transportation and tour guide. See this page for more information on the Gaudí Tour.