Sagrada Família - Antoni Gaudí

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23/07/2018 - 17:30
Modernist buildings & monuments

What is the first and only monument in Barcelona visited for those who stay only a few hours in Barcelona? For example, those who only visit the city because they stopped at the El Prat airport to take another flight, or those who arrive on a cruise: La Sagrada Familia. A must see that you can not miss. Inside if you have time, and at least outside if you have little time.

The temple of the Sagrada Familia is the most famous work of Antoni Gaudí (Reus, 1852 - Barcelona, ​​1926) and the clearest exponent of his visionary genius, as well as being one of the main symbols of Barcelona. Started in 1882, Gaudí dedicated the last years of his life exclusively to this ambitious work that was left unfinished and is still under construction. It is considered the masterpiece of Gaudí, and the greatest exponent of Catalan modernist architecture. It is the most visited monument in Catalonia, one of the most visited monuments in Spain (with the Prado Museum and the Alhambra in Granada), and the most visited church in Europe after the Basilica of San Pedro in the Vatican.

In 2005, Unesco included Gaudí's work (the façade of the Birth and the Crypt), on the World Heritage Site "Works by Antoni Gaudí", and is part of the register of Bienes Culturales de Interés Nacional of the Catalan heritage and of the Bienes de Interés Cultural of the Spanish heritage. In addition, the temple was consecrated and declared minor Basilica in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.

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Antoni Gaudí conceived the Sagrada Familia according to the tradition of the Gothic and Byzantine cathedrals. With its structure and decoration of the building it wanted to express the Christian beliefs and to foment the evangelical message. It can be said that it achieved a symbiosis between Christian form and symbolism, with a peculiar architecture of new forms and geometries inspired by nature, and light and color as protagonists.

Jordi Faulí, the architect who directs this final stage of the construction of the Sagrada Familia, has announced that it is expected to conclude in 2026 with the construction of the central towers, the highest of which will measure 172 meters, converting the Basilica In the highest religious building in Europe.


From November to February: 09:00h - 18:00h
March: 9:00h - 19:00h
From April to September: 09:00h - 20:00h
October: 9:00h - 19:00h
25th and 26th of December and 1st and 6th of January: 9:00h - 14:00h


Sagrada Família station (L2, L5).

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Plaça de la Sagrada Família
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