Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia Catedral

Sagrada Familia Barcelona

Gaudi’s influence is highly visible all over this magnificent city.

His works are loved by many and Barcelona is one of the leading cultural cities of the world.

Sagrada Familia is his most famous building. The construction began in 1883 and is still unfinished. It  attracts more than 2 million visitors a year.

This is the most visited tourist attraction in Barcelona and people from all over the world return each year to admire this amazing building.

  • Museu del Temple Expiatori – As soon as you enter the building you are allowed to visit the museum which gives information on the development of the building and there is a model showing how they hope the cathedral will look in 2026. Opening Times: 9am – 6pm from October to March. During the summer months the museum is open until 8pm.

La Sagrada Familia Catedral

Due to Gaudi’s untimely death in 1926 there were not many plans to continue and finish the work he had devoted so much of his life to.

  • In 1936, at the time of the Spanish Civil War, a fire in Gaudí’s workshop destroyed blueprints and hundreds of plaster models.
  • Many thought the cathedral would never be completed and should be left as it was.
  • For over one hundred years this surrealist structure has towered over Barcelona as if testament to the work of Gaudí.
  • Although the cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site, it’s completion is funded only by donations and there is no official funding.

Sagrada Familia Entrance Antoni was a very religious man and the nacimiento façade is pure Gaudí.  It was completed in 1904 and the three doorways represent Faith, Hope and Charity.

The 18 towers represent the 12 Apostles, the four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and Jesus. The final part of structure will be a central 170-meter cross.

Sadly the cranes and scaffolding are a permanent fixture which many have come to accept.


Plans to build a high-speed train from Barcelona to Madrid met with much opposition.

The tunnel for the train would be so close to the cathedral and residents and academics thought it too great a risk to endanger a World Heritage site such as this. Nonetheless, the high-speed train was completed in February 2008 and has cut the journey to Madrid by nearly half.

With the advance of modern technology many are hoping that things will improve and future work on the cathedral will be faster. For the moment the time of completion has been set for 2026.

Skip-the-Line Sagrada Familia Guided Tour

sagrada familiaWith a skip-the-line Sagrada Familia Guided Tour  you can explore Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece.

What’s Included

  • Skip-the-line entrance ticket
  • Guided tour in English with an official guide
  • Audio device (to hear your guide if needed)

Gaudí’s iconic work draws hundreds of locals and visitors making it one of the most visited monuments in Spain.

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Barcelona Cultural Tours ~ Barcelona: Sagrada Familia Tour and Towers Access

sagradafamiliatourandtoweraccessSkip the long lines to the Sagrada Familia  and enjoy a 1,5-hour guided tour of Gaudí’s Modernisme masterpiece.

Study the interior design of the Sagrada Familia basilica in close detail. Learn about the unfinished construction of the basilica at the museum. Then, enjoy panoramic views from the towers.

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