Basilica of the Sagrada Família
Basílica of the Sagrada Família
One of the world's most beautiful churches
Things You Should Know About La Sagrada Familía Before Visiting Barcelona
What's La Sagrada Familía?
La Sagrada Família is a catholic church designed by the famous Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The complete name for the temple is Basílica de la Sagrada Família, which means Basilica of the Holy Family in English. It’s part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most famous landmarks in Spain.
Originally, the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar was in charge of the project, however in 1883 Antoni Gaudí took over the project and changed it completely to start the famous building we know nowadays.
The temple combines all symbols of christianity and it has been designed mainly using curved lines to reflect the nature and represent the life and the death.
Antoni Gaudí died on 1926 without finishing the temple but others architects have been able to carry on his project. The basilica is still under construcion and it’s expected to be finished in 2026.
As interesting fact, once it’s finished it will be the highest church in the world.
Why is La Sagrada Familia taking so long?
The Sagrada Familia has been under construction for over 135 years. Gaudi worked on the project for over 40 years. He knew it couldn’t be finished before dying, so he designed the temple with pure and geometrical shapes for other architects to continue the construction after his death.
During the Spanish Civil War in 1936, the temple was vandalised and some plans and plaster models were partly burnt and smashed, which slowed down the project.
However, the main reason of why is taking so long to finish is that the project is not supported by any government of church funds. La Sagrada Familia relies only from private donations and the money collected from the entrance tickets.
How much does it cost to visit La Sagrada Familia?
The online price for a basic adult entrance is 20€ and it’s free for kids under 11 years (all tickets must be shown, including tickets free of charge). However, this option only includes the Basilica visit, not the towers. Compare the ticket options at La Sagrada Familia Official website.
The last option (Sagrada Familia + Gaudi House Museum) includes the visit of the Gaudi House Museum, a museum about Gaudi’s work and life, located next to the Park Güell. This ticket can be also bought separately.
Where can I buy the tickets?
Buying the tickets online is the cheapest and the safest option. Tickets can be purchased roughly two months before the visit at the Sagrada Familia official website. Other websites can also offer some great deals, and it may be the best option if you miss the tickets from the official website.
Few tickets are being sold at the ticket office. However, the queue may take you longer than 2 hours and you may risk to don’t get in. At the ticket office, you will only be able to purchase tickets for the same day of the visit (tickets for other days cannot be purchased) and there is an additional charge of 5€ from the online price.
Interesting fact! Did you know the Sagrada Familia is built by the money collected from private donations and tickets? Yes! So when visiting the Sagrada Familia you are also helping to carry on with the construction.
What's the best time to visit La Sagrada Familia?
The Sagrada Familia is the no.1 most visited tourist attraction in Barcelona.
The peak season is mainly from April to September, so you will find fewer people in winter, spring and autumn. Try to avoid August if you can, it’s very hot and the city has more tourist than local people.
When buying your entrance, try to get a spot in the morning (or noon) if possible, you will enjoy much more the visit if there is natural light getting in.
La Sagrada Familia for free?
There is only one way to get in La Sagrada Familia for free, and that’s attending a mass. This isn’t the best option if you want to visit the church properly, since you will only be able to access a part of the Basilica and you won’t be allow to walk around during the ceremony, however, it may be a nice experience for someone religious.
There is a maximum capacity for the mass, make sure you get there at least 30 minutes earlier than the starting time. The mass is done in Catalan, Spanish and English, check out the official timetable to know the best time for you.
La Sagrada Familia opening hours
How long does it take to visit La Pedrera?
Usually it takes about 1.5 hours to visit the Basilica and 30 minutes to visit the towers. However, once you are inside, you can stay as long as you wish.
Is Sagrada Familia worth the visit?
La Sagrada Familia is a must-do for everyone visiting Barcelona. You will be impressed even if architecture is not your cup of tea. The building goes beyond any cathedral you have ever seen before.
If you don’t have enough time or the ticket is too expensive for you, go around the building. The outside is mind-blowing!
How to get to La Sagrada Familia?
The nearest tube station is called ‘Sagrada Familia’ and it’s located in the Barcelona district called ‘Dreta de l’Eixample’ – very close to the centre and not far from other important monuments, such as Sant Pau, La Casa de les punxes and Park Güell.
Thinking about staying near La Sagrada Familia?
La Sagrada Família is a calm area and it’s not far from the city center. It’s perfect for families and people who are not looking for crazy party. There are plenty of restaurants and bars so the area is quite alive.
It is safe to walk around even at night time, just watch out for pickpockets specially when being around the cathedral. Apart from that, it’s a normal area for local people to live in and you may find cheaper deals than in the centre of Barcelona.