About La Sagrada Familia

It has been called "the most extraordinary interpretation of Gothic Architecture since middle ages" by Paul Goldberger and "one of the most hideous buildings in the world" by George Orwell. The debate begs a visit to La Sagrada Familia to explore its dramatic architecture and protracted and sometimes controversial construction. La Sagrada Familia translates to the Church of the Holy Family. 

It was the architectural brainchild of the Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi. Construction began in 1882, and the Church was only 15 to 25% complete on Gaudi's death in 1926. Indeed, construction continues to this day and is not expected to be completed until 2030. La Sagrada Familia dominated the Barcelona skyline. It features three facades: Nativity, Passion, and Glory. The Glory Facade is not yet complete. The church was designed to have 18 spires, yet to date, 8 are complete. One of the most visited sites in Barcelona, more than 2 million visitors come annually to come to see whether La Sagrada Familia is indeed hideous or extraordinary. 

Must See

  • The Basilica with one of a kind architecture
  • The Nativity Facade
  • The Passion Facade
  • The ongoing construction of the Glory Facade
  • The Towers providing a panoramic view of the city
  • The Sagrada Museum under the Passion Facade 

How to reach

About 2.7 km from the city center 

By Subway:

L2. It takes about 4 minutes and the fare would cost about 2.15 Euros

By Bus:

No.50. It takes about 9 minutes and costs from 0.13 to 2.18 Euros

By Taxi:

It takes about 3 minutes and the fare cost is between 5.81 to 7.26 Euros

 By walk:

It takes about 26 minutes

Tips

 

  • Visit either early in the morning or late in the evening as the colored glass of the windows shine vibrantly filling the church with colors
  • Go for timed tickets to avoid waiting
  • Early morning and late evening are also the best timings to avoid the crowd
  • You can also buy souvenirs at the shop inside 
  • Do not merge with the tour groups as you'll feel crowded
  • Try to get an English tour. An audio guide is available at 16.50 Euros
  • You can appreciate the natural beauty around you
  • Book the tickets in advance to avoid waiting in the queue 
  • Take your camera along to capture the beauty of this place

 

Visit Time

November to February 

Sunday:          9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. 

Monday:         9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. 

Tuesday:        9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday:   9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. 

Thursday:       9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. 

Friday:            9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. 

Saturday:        9:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. 

March to October

Sunday:          9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. 

Monday :         9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. 

Tuesday:         9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday:    9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. 

Thursday:        9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. 

Friday:             9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. 

Saturday:         9:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m. 

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Waiting Time

15 minutes (if you haven't bought the tickets online)

 

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Entrance Fee

Yes

Children(under the age of 7): Free entry

Adults:                                      17 Euros

Ticket + audio guide:                25 Euros

Ticket + audio guide + towers: 32 Euros

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Time you can spend

1 to 2 hours

 

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Weather

Clear Sky 15.7°C

 

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