Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Carrer de Mallorca, 401, Barcelona

4.5

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and the inspiration of a bookseller. It started to be constructed in 1852. Gaudí's work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The style of la Sagrada Família is variously likened to Spanish Late Gothic, Catalan Modernism and to Art Nouveau or Catalan Noucentisme. Sagrada Familia's construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted many time. When Gaudí died in 1926, the basilica was only between 15 and 25 percent complete. The Basilica is not ready till now, as it is a complicated masterpiece full of secrets. Because of the difficult and genius construction Sagrada Familia is considered to be the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages. The towers are decorated with words such as "Hosanna", "Excelsis", and "Sanctus"; words from the Bible in various languages including Catalan; The church shares its site with the Sagrada Família Schools building, a school originally designed by Gaudí in 1909 for the children of the construction workers.

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Open Hours:

  • Mon

    09:00 - 20:00

  • Tue

    09:00 - 20:00

  • Wed

    09:00 - 20:00

  • Thu

    09:00 - 20:00

  • Fri

    09:00 - 20:00

  • Sat

    09:00 - 20:00

  • Sun

    09:00 - 20:00

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Reviews

  • Stephen Sifers

    5
    - 07 September 2018 -

    An amazing place with breath talking architecture. We crawled through this place taking every inch of detail that we could discover and enjoyed every minute of it. Ensure you visit the crypt before leaving as well. A lot of the structure and small details show the highest amount of hand crafted detailed that took years to carve, craft and create. If you want a place that will inspire you by it's architectural design look no further, this place is something to take in.

  • Tamara Pavlovic

    5
    - 05 September 2018 -

    Adding to the reviews that this is a must. It was not as packed as I had feared (probably because tickets must be bought and entrances are restricted in number). Take your time really enjoying all of the details up close. The exterior has some fabulous details, and the interior is well worth a visit. This basilica is funded entirely through tourism and private donation, so one does not feel guilty paying the entrance fee to support the continuing construction.

  • Gurpreet Tang

    3
    - 02 September 2018 -

    This located again on a Main Street. It’s best to book tickets online which is usually in timed slots as the queues are very busy and there’s coach load of tourist. Personally it was hot so I just choose to go around the outside and take pictures the building is till being built but it’s a beautiful sight there is a park opposite which has some seating and you some wonderful pictures. There are some good places around to eat, I would recommend hiring a bike or you can opt for metro train as there’s stations nearby.

  • Christie Bryant

    5
    - 25 August 2018 -

    Just stunning. Definitely worth paying to go inside. You won’t see a more impressive church. I would recommend the audio guide for added information about the development over the years.

  • Jenna Hines

    5
    - 25 July 2018 -

    Most beautiful place in the world. I never thought I would have the chance to go there. It is such an amazingly breathtaking place. Bring tissues. We were able to get tickets less than a week out, but at that point there were more limitations in regards to time slots. Basic ticket is more than enough to see everything and learn at your own pace. There are vending machines near the bathrooms for water (very hot in mid-June). Could have easily spent a whole day exploring.

  • Nick Kastanis

    5
    - 19 July 2018 -

    This is a MUST visit when visiting Barcelona! The look from the outside is very distinguished but is not my favorite. However, the inside is amazing! We love to visit churches wherever we go and this is now one of my favorites. Be sure to come early and the day and get tickets as they are timed. Also be prepared for the crowds because it is always busy.

  • Sunita Lobo

    5
    - 10 July 2018 -

    One of the most beautiful churches I have been to. When I say beautiful, I mean the outside and the inside. The staff also was really nice. When we went there the passion tower lift was not working so they gave us a refund. The audio guide tells you everything about the place. The stained glasses and everything is so lovely. There are good eating places too around the Sagrada Familia. If you are in Barcelona you must visit this place.

  • Inga Hannarr

    5
    - 09 July 2018 -

    I can’t believe I haven’t left a review until now! I’ve been 5 times in the last two years and it gets more breathtaking every time. Short answer - not to be missed. Long answer, well where to start! Simply stunning, a masterpiece of construction and artistic vision. The glass work alone is something to visit it for, so beautiful whatever time of day you go. The exhibition underneath is also definitely worth going through to see the inner workings of how everything was designed. A few words to the wise; book a head. The queues are long otherwise and this way you get a 15min window to queue jump. Make sure your bag isn’t full of junk, it will be checked before you go in. Just to save your embarrassment more than anything. And keep an eye on your valuables. This is a high traffic tourist area and can get very crowded inside and out side of the cathedral so be careful with your belongings!

  • Tanya Chu

    5
    - 06 July 2018 -

    The place is amazing! I would NOT recommend the tower tour though. Aside from the view of the city, which are better in other sites around the city, you don't see much. I toured the nativity tower. And sure, I saw the doves up-close but that was about it because the rest is still under construction and covered in tarp (see pictures posted). The audio guide was well done and helpful in understanding everything. But much of the content is also repeated in the movie inside (that comes with the General admission). Getting the audio guide will give you a richer and more thorough experience.

  • Vitória Fahed

    5
    - 21 June 2018 -

    One of the most beautiful places I have ever been to! It is just incredible! I've always heard people talk wonders about La Sagrada Familia and seen photos but the place is way better than in photos! It is a definitely must see when you are in Barcelona. Just perfect. Everything is flawless. I was amazed. I still am.

  • Dorina Baltag

    - 21 July 2018 -

    No sense to go inside, the outside is more interesting

  • Fedor Muhosranskiy

    - 19 July 2018 -

    Its adorable, but overcrowded place, better to take tickets before visit online

  • Lance Lacoff

    - 27 May 2018 -

    Incredibly impressive architecture and a must hit.

  • Amani

    - 26 May 2018 -

    goosebumps!

  • Jenna Rose Robbins

    - 21 May 2018 -

    Well worth the hype and the trip to to the top for all the inside views of the architecture.

  • Mumin

    - 10 May 2018 -

    the most extraordinary and odd construction I have ever seen

  • Harri Bennett

    - 07 May 2018 -

    Amazing place, even if you don’t go in (cues can be pretty long) it’s just breath talking - so many angles to take it all in from and so much hidden detail - you can stand and look at it for hours

  • Mrphs

    - 07 May 2018 -

    Its still being built so is not quite up to the hype

  • Paul Lambie

    - 02 May 2018 -

    Makes Edinburgh’s Parliament and tram fiascos seem small fry. I’d love to have found out more but the queue was huge. What was the original budget and how long did they plan to be building?

  • Layla

    - 16 April 2018 -

    Must see for anyone visiting Barcelona. Even if you aren’t an architecture fan, you will be mesmerized by this iconic building.

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