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

  • Clara Chan

    5
    - 30 May 2018 -

    I definitely recommend the audio tour. I had mine in English and it's really well done. They don't give you too much detailed information but enough to keep you interested in its architecture and history. It's to be completed in 8 years, and I'm sure I'll be back to see the finished church. It's a remarkable building!

  • Neil Fernandes

    5
    - 29 May 2018 -

    Beautiful design and as of 2018 a work in progress. Every design has deep meaning and a purpose for being. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, as are many other buildings in Barcelona. A great view of the city from the towers. Descending from the towers through the spiral staircase is a knee weakening effort. This is indeed a magnificent structure with its spires reaching for the skies. An icon of Barcelona, the Basilica celebrates mass in a vault below the main altar. The imagination of the architect is outstanding and is a must visit place when you are in Barcelona. Buy you tickets online to avoid the line ups. A word of caution: beware of pickpockets who mingle amongst the tourists- many of whom are gangs of young girls who you might not suspect.

  • Trevor Boxall

    5
    - 29 May 2018 -

    The most amazing jaw dropping building i have ever had the pleasure to experience. When you look at the outside you are impressed but just wait till you get inside! Wow! Booking in advance is a must and its worth paying extra to go up the towers and getting a view of the city and the building work. Will need to come back in 2026 once its finished

  • Joe Kaufman

    4
    - 27 May 2018 -

    Cool church. Not as big as I thought it would be inside. Large vaulted ceilings. Beautiful stained glass. You should get your tickets online in advanced. We got ours the day before online. You have to be there during your scheduled time slot of entry. The church space is only part of the experience. There is a museum dedicated to the past designs and construction, including the current construction aspects. Educational in that sense. The church space was rather loud and no one understood the reverent area in the center of the church floor. We spent 1.5 hours going through everything. Tickets were €18 each. Kind of expensive. The church is privately funded, so I guess I can say I helped to build a church!

  • Neil Fernandes

    5
    - 25 May 2018 -

    Beautiful design and as of 2018 a work in progress. Every design has deep meaning and a purpose for being. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, as are many other buildings in Barcelona. A great view of the city from the towers. Descending from the towers through the spiral staircase is a knee weakening effort. This is indeed a magnificent structure with its spires reaching for the skies. An icon of Barcelona, the Basilica celebrates mass in a vault below the main altar. The imagination of the architect is outstanding and is a must visit place when you are in Barcelona. A word of caution: beware of pickpockets who mingle amongst the tourists- many of whom are gangs of young girls who you might not suspect.

  • Zanetto Zanetti

    5
    - 24 May 2018 -

    Stunning! Outstanding! Breathtaking! A absolute must see in Barcelona and a whole Spain. Seen 20 years ago and now it gives much more impact than expected! The inner stained-glass windows are absolutely marvelous. The columns are like plants... the whole church is like from another planet. One thing I am sure - Gaudi was a genius! In World Top 10!

  • Austin Stack

    5
    - 20 May 2018 -

    Worth it to check out, I suggest getting tickets online or early in the day on site as the time slots fill up rather quickly.. When I had arrived at 10am I was only able to get a single ticket for 7pm.. This was on a Saturday but just as a reference.. Inside is beautiful, still currently under construction with an estimated completion date of 2026. Very informative about current, past and future designs

  • Scott Bradfield

    5
    - 13 May 2018 -

    A unique building. Much bigger than originally expected and the contrasts in the old/new building work means it's great to wonder around. The sculptures of the various Saints & disciples are different than on any Cathedral I've seen before. For a major attraction it wasn't even that busy for a Saturday - one of the quieter landmarks I've been too. Well worth a visit.

  • Jamie Jensen

    4
    - 09 May 2018 -

    A definite must see! The architecture is spectacular! It's like nothing I have ever seen before. The stained glass windows are mesmerizing. I prefer the simple old churches with their beauty but while you are in Barcelona I would put it on the top of the list of things to experience.

  • Fearocious

    5
    - 07 May 2018 -

    Well worth the visit to see the inside and it's amazing architecture. Interesting to see a building of this stature while it is being constructed. Taking the guided tour was also worth while. It is a very very busy place so definitely buy your ticket in advance on line. The only negative is that there are so many people (2000 enter per hour) that it is too crowded which takes a lot away from the experience.

  • 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.

  • miguel martens

    - 12 April 2018 -

    Fabulous. Nice explanation with phones you can hire. Buy tickets before visit.

  • Michaela Watkinson

    - 07 April 2018 -

    The unfinished yet beautiful Gaudi masterpiece. None of it makes sense but its intricacy is stunning. I am eager to revisit and go inside but very busy!

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