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Sagrada Familia (Sagrada Família), Barcellona

© Fundació Junta Constructora del Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família  also known as the Sagrada Família, is a large unfinished minor basilica. It is Antoni Gaudí‘s most famous creation. It is listed as UNESCO World Heritage site.

It takes about 2 hours to visit the Sagrada Família including the towers, the small museum in the basement and the shop. Once inside the basilica, you can stay as long as you want.

Time slots for entry are carefully regulated, so be punctual. There is no guarantee you will be allowed to enter if you are late. Like many places of worship, the Sagrada Familía has a dress code. Avoid wearing sleeveless shirts or shorts and skirts cut above the knee. If you are visiting in summer, consider bringing a light scarf to cover your shoulders.

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What is the Sagrada Família?

It is currently the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church. On 7 November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the church and proclaimed it a minor basilica.

What does the Sagrada Família represent?

The Sagrada Família is a representative evidence of the Christian faith. In this church, there is a real exaltation of the Family of Nazareth as a model of a united family. The Sagrada Família invites people of all backgrounds and religious orientations to share the meaning of life based on love, harmony, goodness, generosity and peace.

Who built the Sagrada Família?

It is an unfinished art nouveau and gothic masterpiece which construction started in 1882 by architect Francisco de Paula del Villar. A year later it was commissioned to the Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, who redesigned it entirely. He drafted a remarkable and original basilica that was to have 18 towers. However, he died before he could complete this chef d’oeuvre, having only built one of the church’s towers. Nevertheless, thanks to his architectural plans, his work continues to be built to this day by renowned architects.

Why is not the Sagrada Família finished?

Although the works began in 1882, no one had ever bothered to apply for the necessary building permits. In short, the Sagrada Familia was built illegally but now the situation has been remedied. To tell the truth, however, according to other reconstructions the story is completely different. It is true that the Sagrada Familia did not have the necessary authorizations, but this has nothing to do with the very long construction times.

According to one interpretation, in fact, the Sagrada Familia is deliberately an open-air construction site, a work in constant evolution. It was Gaudì himself, in the design phase, who wanted the work to take years and years to complete: the process itself, in fact, is in itself a work of art and must be experienced as such.

When will the construction of the Sagrada Família be finished?

Theoretically, the Sagrada Família should be completed in 2026, the year of the centenary of Gaudì’s death.

General informations

Useful information for your visit to the Sagrada Família.


The Sagrada Família is in the Eixample district of Barcelona. The address is: Carrer Marina, 41.

Opening hours

To visit the Sagrada Família the times are as follows:

  • November – February: 9 am until 6 pm.
    March: 9 am – 7 pm.
    April – September: 9 am – 8 pm.
    October: 9 am – 7 pm.

How to get to the Sagrada Família

To reach the Sagrada Família:

Metro: Sagrada Família, lines 2 and 5.

Buses: Temple Expiatori de La Sagrada Família, lines 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 and B24.

Attractions nearby

  • Hospital de Santa Creu i de Sant Pau (934 m)
  • Torre Glories – Old Torre Agbar (1.3 km)
  • Egyptian Museum in Barcelona (1.4 km)
  • La Pedrera (Casa Milà) (1.4 km)
  • Casa Batlló (1.6 km)


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