There’s no way to describe the feeling when you’re exiting the metro station in Sagrada Familia.
As you start to go upstairs from the Metro, I recommend to turn your back, but be careful not to trip over as you’re about to admire for the first time the astonishing and unique beauty of one of the most intriguing and celebrated works not only in Barcelona but the whole world.
Visiting the Sagrada Familia
Stopping over the Sagrada Familia should be top priority if you’re visiting Barcelona for the first time.
It’s truly an enjoyable experience and a great way to be introduced into Gaudí’s architecture. Besides it offers the best possible views of the surrounding Eixample District, Barcelona’s own Big Apple. No wonder it’s the third most visited monument in Spain and the first in Barcelona, with 3,2 million visitors in 2014.
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Construction and History
One of the most striking things about the church and you’ll notice right away, is the large array of scaffolds and cranes surrounding the structure. Yes, the church is still unfinished, but don’t panic because is perfectly possible to make a visit.
The presence of the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family is felt throughout all Barcelona, especially if you climb the heights of Tibidabo or if you visit the Castle in Montjuïc, you’ll be able to witness the importance of this monument to the city, not only in size and height, but the shapes and forms play a significant role in the distinct quality of the church.
And speaking of heights, you will also notice that there isn’t any building taller than the Sagrada Familia. There is a limitation regarding the height of new constructions in Barcelona, as no building can surpass the vecinity of 150 meters. Only the Mapfre Tower and the Arts Hotel (both 154 meters) at The Olympic Port stand that tall. When completed (in 2026), the central tower will stand at 170 meters and will remain as the tallest building in Barcelona.
Architecture on the Sagrada Familia
There is absolutely no other building in the world, featuring such a genius mixture between Gothic and Art Nouveau styles. Antoni Gaudí took over the project in 1883, a year after construction had begun and completely reshaped the project to fit his unique style.
Unfortunately, Gaudí died in 1926, when only a quarter of the project had been constructed. His particular method for working was very experimental, relying on sketches and improvising along the way.
Facts of the church
The present design was based on reconstructions of old blueprints and damaged models, and the public opinion in Barcelona is divided between those who think that the church should be finished and those who advocate for it to be left incomplete, as they think a reinterpretation of Gaudí’s work is a sacrilege.
In European cinema it appears briefly in Almodovar’s Oscar winning film “Todo sobre mi madre” (All about my mother) and in the French film “L’auberge Espagnol“, starring Audrey Tatou. It was proposed as one of the new seven wonders of the world, but it didn’t make the final cut.
Sagrada Familia Opening Hours
- October to March 9:00 to 18:00
- April to September: 9:00 to 20:00
- December 25th and 26th, January 1st and 6th: 9:00 to 14:00
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Getting to Sagrada Familia
Metro: Lines 2 and 5. Sagrada Familia Station
Address: Mallorca Street 401, 08013
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