Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia, as its official name says, and it is a minor basilica located in the city of Barcelona. Today it is the symbol of the city and the biggest attraction for tourists. Its construction began in the year 1866, with the renowned architect Antoni Gaudi who was inspired by 3 concepts: nature, religion and Catalonia. Today, construction lasts with other architects, but following the same line as Gaudi.
It is anticipated that the construction will end in the year 2026, until then, some sections of the church remain closed and you will always see the appearance of the church with scaffolding or other artifacts that avoid visualizing 1000f this masterpiece. Once the church is finished, its central tower will surpass 172 meters high, making it the tallest church in the world.
Did you know...? The Sagrada Familia is full of symbolism, some hidden and others very visible. One of them is a magic square of 16 numbers that, added vertically and horizontally, always result in 33, the age of Christ. A similar square can be seen in the famous engraving "Melancolía" I by Alberto Durero.
Its facade is full of religious symbolism, it contains 18 towers, in the middle of which Jesus Christ will stand and around him, four towers representing the Gospels. The single tower, crowned by a star, represents his mother, Maria. The remaining 12 towers represent the 12 apostles.
+ Facade of the Nativity: Dedicated to the birth of Christ, it is a facade profusely decorated and full of life.
+ Facade of the Passion: Something more austere and simplified than the other facades, aims to reflect the suffering of Jesus during the Crucifixion.
+ Facade of Glory: The main facade, much larger and monumental than the rest, will represent death, the Last Judgment, Glory and hell.
From the last facade, Gaudi knew that he would not build it because of the time it required and his age. Therefore, he made some sketches, so that his students finish making that facade, based on the artistic touch of Antoni.
You can go up to the towers of the basilica to have a viewpoint of Barcelona. Something to keep in mind is that the climb is done in elevator and down, by stairs. The climb is restricted to children under 6 and people with reduced mobility.
We recommend you to go light, due to the multiple security controls, which, by carrying many things, will delay your entry even further. It is not allowed to use cameras inside, but you can process a permit. However, if you enter with a tripod or an eye-catching wardrobe, they will not be able to enter.
*Location: 506 Km east from Madrid.
*Schedule: November to Febraury 9:00-18:00.
April to September 9:00-20:00.
March and October 9:00-19:00.
*Rates: (all prices are in euros).
Entry under 30 years old...$18.
Entry over 65 years old...$17.
Entry + audioguide adults...$28.
Entry + audioguide under 30 years old...$26.
Entry + audio guide over 65 years old...$23.
Entry + specialized guide adults...$29.
Entry + specialized guide under 30 years old...$27.
Entry + specialized guide over 65 years old...$24.
Entrance + audioguide + climb to towers adults...$35.
Entrance + audioguide + climb to towers under 30 years old...$33.
Entrance + audioguide + climb to towers over 65 years old...$29.
Children under 11 years old... free (if they go with a specialized guide, the value of their ticket is $ 10, and they can not receive audio guides).
*Duration: 45 minutes.
*Warning: Hats or caps are not allowed, something that in summer is sure to be more complicated to control; You can not access barefoot; dress with decorum: no transparencies, tank tops, pronounced necklines, navels in the air, shorts or mini skirts. Avoid raising your voice inside the temple, you can not enter or with food or with drink.
*Advice: Organize with much time in advance the visit, to avoid the hour where the peak of tourists is. Therefore, it is recommended to buy the ticket online to save ranks and have your time slot to visit, and we recommend that you go early.
*Best time: Spring and Autumn.
*Website: Sagrada Familia