Gaudí’s Sagrada Família Cathedral is perhaps the most iconic, internationally-recognised image of Barcelona.
You can see the cathedral’s distinctive spires from almost anywhere in the city, but to truly experience Sagrada Família, we recommend you visit this landmark and take some time to discover it.
It’s difficult to describe the impact of this UNESCO World Heritage Site accurately, as it’s like no other cathedral or historic building you will ever visit.
The exterior is covered in sculpture – religious scenes and figures alongside turtles, flowers and shells among other things. You could stare at each facade for hours and still discover new features!
Inside the cathedral, graceful columns, clever use of light and a rainbow of colours give the intended sense of walking through a forest.
You can climb one of the completed towers – or take an elevator – to reach one of the most unique views of the city.
Sagrada Família’s museum is located in the basement of the Passion facade of the cathedral. It’s definitely worth taking some time here during your visit to learn about the history of Sagrada Família and understand more about how the cathedral is being completed. You can even see ongoing work in the current model-maker’s workshop.
Sagrada Família is not just for architecture fans, or those of a religious nature. The unique style of this building, and its intricate detail, colour and atmosphere are appealing to all.
Your Guide To: The History
Construction began on Sagrada Familia in 1882 and its estimated completion date is 2026 – 100 years after Gaudí’s death.
The basilica, along with 6 other buildings of Antoni Gaudí’s in Barcelona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marking the importance of Gaudí’s contribution to architecture.
Combine Sagrada Família with:
- A morning or afternoon in Parc Güell
- La Pedrera and Casa Battló
- An afternoon relaxing on the beach having climbed the tower’s 400 stairs!
Price: Adult: 40.00 EUR per person. Child: 24.00 EUR per person (4 – 10) Years (Under 3 years are free)
What´s included? Includes guided tour, entrance fee and fast-track entrance. Please note that this does include the Passion and Nativity towers, although the towers are without a guide.
Duration: The tour is around 110 minutes, although there is no time limit to visits at the Sagrada Familia
In English at 2pm and 5pm
In German at 5pm
In Spanish at 5pm
What You Need to Know:
There are 400 winding steps to reach the lookout points on the towers – definitely something to take into account when deciding whether to take the elevator or stairs!