Sagrada Familia

From: Barcelona Travel Guide

See also: Parc Guell Casa BatlloGuell Pavillions

Sagrada Familia
The Basilica y Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia is an impressive Roman Catholic Church with striking architecture inside and out.

The Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and was designed by Antoni Gaudi (1852 to 1926) in the modernisme architectural style that he is so well known for.

The ground breaking began in 1882 and was incomplete at the time time of his death in 1926, it is hoped that this magnificent building will be completed in time for the centennial anniversary of Gaudi's death and when complete it should have a total of 18 towers, one of the towers will be dedicated to Mary, one tower will be dedicated to Jesus, 4 towers dedicated to the evangelists and 12 dedicated to the apostles.

The church has three main grand facades known as the Passion facade, the Nativity facade and the Glory facade which are each designed and sculpted in a slightly different way.

The Nativity Facade for example contains intricate carvings of a religious nature and has three entrance portal known as the Portal of Hope, Portal of Charity and the Portal of Faith. The Passion facade also has three entrance portals and bell towers and is adorned with sculptures and religious scenes but this time of a more sombre theme.

The interior is equally striking with the roof of the nave impressing with its central columns designed to mimic that of trees and branches.

The Sagrada Familia also contains a small museum and shop which contains much information about Gaudi and the building of the church. Visitors can also visit the Crypt, the Passion Tower and Nativity towers which also offer a unique view of the city.

Guided Tours
There are audio guides available in several languages such as English, French, Italian and German.

Location of Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is located at Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain and is approximately 1 mile from the Arc de Triomf and the Parc de la Ciutadella.

Travel Guide
The Sagrada Familia can be reached by subway L2 and L5 which stop around the perimeter of the church. Alternatively you can travel there by bus (19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B24 and N1).