Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

What to see in Barcelona: Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is the most famous and characteristic monument of Barcelona. As a maximum exponent of the modernist architecture created by Gaudí, thousands of tourists come every day to contemplate the curious but unfinished temple.

The beginnings of the Holy Family

Construction began in 1882 with a neogothic style. A year later the project was put into the hands of Gaudi, who completely rethought it. Gaudí designed an exceptional and innovative temple that was to consist of 18 towers, but finally he only had time to create one of them before his death.

Gaudí died in 1926 leaving unfinished the project that occupied the last years of his life but, thanks to the plans that remain, his dream becomes reality little by little thanks to the work of other artists and money obtained from donations and the visits.

Most notable elements

Although not yet completed, the Sagrada Familia is a lush temple laden with religious symbolism. Here are some of the most important points:

The towers

So far 8 of the 18 towers designed by Gaudí have been erected. The architect decided that twelve of them were dedicated to the Apostles, four to the Evangelists, one to Mary and one to Jesus. Each of them will be endowed with different height depending on the religious hierarchy they represent.
It is possible to access to the top of some of the towers to contemplate the city from the heights and to see some details of the exterior of the temple at close range.

The facades

The basilica has 3 symbolic facades:

  • Facade of the Birth: Dedicated to the birth of Christ, it is a facade profusely decorated and full of life.
  • Façade of the Passion: Something more austere and simplified than the other facades, is intended to reflect the suffering of Jesus during the Crucifixion.
  • Facade of Glory: The main façade, much larger and monumental than the rest, will represent death, the Last Judgment, Glory and hell. Conscious that he was not going to have time to build it, Gaudí left the sketches made so that his successors could finish the work.
  • Inside: To design the interior, Gaudí was inspired by the forms of nature, creating columns shaped like a tree trunk that turn the interior of the temple into a huge stone forest.
  • When will the construction of the temple end?

    It is very common the question about when the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona will end, and it is a very difficult question to answer. From its beginnings in the year 1882 the basilica has been an expiatory temple, that is to say, constructed from donations. That is why the date of completion of the Holy Family could still be far away.

    Guided tour in Spanish

    To get to know the Sagrada Familia in depth, there is nothing better than to hire our guided tour, you will enjoy an hour and a half of the route of the hand of a guide in love with Barcelona and you will save the endless queues. You can also book the visit with the ascent to the towers.

    Guided visit to the Holy Family without queues

    Sagrada Familia with ascent to the towersThe symbol of the cityThe Basilica of the Holy Family has become the symbol of Barcelona and your visit is a must. Since there is always plenty of queue to visit, you can buy the tickets online to not waste time.Web of the Sagrada Familia

    Visiting hours

    From November to February: from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    March: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    From April to September: from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    October: 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


    Adults: € 15. (With audio guide € 19.50).

    Children under 11 years: free admission.

    Students and children under 30 years: € 13.

    Retired: € 11.

    Elevator towers: 4.5 €.

    Sagrada Familia + Gaudí House-Museum: € 16.50.

    Official Ticket sale for La Sagrada Família   


    Metro: Sagrada Familia , lines 2 and 5.

    Bus: Temple Expiatori of La Sagrada Família , lines 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 and B24.

    Nearby places

    Torre Agbar (1.3 km)

    Egyptian Museum Barcelona (1.4 km)

    La Pedrera - Casa Mila (1.4 km)

    Casa Batllo (1.6 km)