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La Sagrada Familia is arguably Barcelona's most famous landmark. The Sagrada Familia is one of Antoni Gaudi's most famous structures and the only one that he unfortunately never was able to finish himself.


The special design of the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is one of the most unique churches in the world. There is no church that can compare with this impressive structure. When you admire the exterior of the Sagrada Familia, you immediately see the special style of this basilica. Inside you will be completely blown away. The beautiful and unique stained glass windows provide a special and colorful light. And everywhere you will see special details in this church. You really should visit the Sagrada Familia when you are in Barcelona. It is perhaps the only sight that you really don't want to miss during your city trip to Barcelona.


The Sagrada Familia, a building still to be completed

The Sagrada Familia is a gigantic basilica in the center of Barcelona. The construction of this basilica started in 1882 and is still incomplete to this day. But now in 2022 the construction can really almost be completed after more than a century, at least you might expect that. when you see the Sagrada Familia. But it is expected that the completion of the Sagrada Familia will still take several decades.


The architect of this famous basilica is, as we mentioned above, Antoni Gaudi. Antoni Gaudi has designed several special and famous buildings in Barcelona, but the Sagrada Familia is by far the most famous.


The History of the Sagrada Familia

From 1882 to 1926, Antoni Gaudi himself was intensively involved in the construction of the Sagrada Familia. It was his project and he took care of all the details. Sadly, in 1926, Antoni Gaudi died in a tram accident in his beloved city of Barcelona and was never allowed to complete the construction of the Sagrada Familia. At the time of his death, only a quarter of the construction of the Sagrada Familia had been completed.

In recent years there has been a lot of discussion about the construction of the Sagrada Familia, especially about the choice of materials. Many are of the opinion that the Sagrada Familia will be finished with building materials that Antoni Gaudi himself would never have chosen. It was always said that the Sagrada Familia would be completely finished according to the idea and design of Antoni Gaudi. Due to the use of other materials, this seems to have deviated a bit in recent years. You can see this, for example, by the color of the facade. The front and back don't seem quite the same in color. Moreover, you can really see a difference in the architectural styles from when construction just started and the way of building with which the Sagrada Familia is finished.


When the Sagrada Familia is completely finished, this basilica will have no less than 18 towers. 12 of these towers represent the 12 apostles. 4 towers represent the evangelists and 1 tower is for the Blessed Virgin Mary. Then there is only the highest tower of the Sagrada Familia and this of course stands for Jesus Christ.


The Sagrada Familia, the tomb of Antoni Gaudi

What you may not know is that Antoni Gaudi is buried under this basilica. The grave of this famous architect is located in an underground floor of the building. When you visit the Sagrada Familia, you can also visit the tomb of Antoni Gaudi. His tomb is surrounded by four chapels. These four chapels are each dedicated to a different Catholic figure. The chapel in which Antoni Gaudi is buried is dedicated to the Virgin El Carmen.


The Sagrada Familia is truly the pearl of Barcelona and a combination of art, culture and history. You probably won't find anyone who isn't impressed after a visit to this basilica. The Sagrada Familia is definitely an attraction that you simply must visit during your visit to Barcelona.

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Practical information

How do you get to the Sagrada Familia?

You can reach the Sagrada Familia in different ways.

When traveling through Barcelona by metro, on lines L2 and L5 you can get off at metro station Sagrada Familia. 

All hop-on and hop-off buses also stop at the Sagrada Familia.

And there are also some bike tours that make a stop at the Sagrada Familia.

Where is the entrance to the Sagrada Familia?

\The entrance to the Sagrada Familia is located on Carrer de la Marina. For groups there is a separate entrance on this street. Schools can enter via Carrer Sardenya. 

Where do you buy your tickets for the Sagrada Familia?

When traveling by metro through Barcelona, on lines L2 and L5 you can get off at metro station Sagrada Familia.  On Carrer de Sardenya you can buy tickets at the ticket counter. However, there is a good chance that you will be unlucky here, because most tickets for the Sagrada Familia have been bought out weeks in advance. So if you are planning a trip to the Sagrada Familia, it is better to buy your tickets online immediately. Then you know for sure that you will not miss a visit to this special cathedral in Barcelona. 


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