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Sagrada Família Gaudí temple & UNESCO World Heritage

Spectacular Modernist gothic art nouveau Cathedral still under construction. Getting to the Sagrada Família, history, photo gallery, map and tickets

Updated: Mar 6, 2023 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 2k

About La Sagrada Família basilica

The most famous and visited tourist attraction in Spain (with over 1.7 million visitors in 2019) resides in Barcelona. I am of course talking about La Sagrada Família 20th Century Antoni Gaudí Basilica that has been under construction since 1882.

Visiting La Sagrada Família basilica

When you visit you will see instantly what was done under Gaudí because it is the darker coloured stone. The basilica had no roof or connecting walls between the two facades during the Gaudí Era of Construction.

Controversy surrounding use of modern materials

Often overlooked is that the original design by Gaudí used 20th Century construction tecniques of cut and carved stone where as the modern design uses steel reinforced concrete with stone cladding.

Due to many of the original plans being destroyed during the civil war questions have arisen about how faithful to Gaudí's original concept is the Sagrada Família's more modern 21st Century construction.

Today construction is being sped up by the use of computer CAD programs and the use of CNC milling machines to carve stone rather than traditional stone masons with hand tools.

I have been to the Sagrada Família multiple times since 2005 and the parts that are getting finished are truly spectacular. When I first visited in 2005, the inside was scaffolding poles spaced half a metre apart and partially open to the sky. At that time the only noteworthy parts were the exterior passion and nativity facade and the tower visit. In 2005 I paid 8 euros!. I have since visited La Sagrada Familia in 2012 and 2020 and am awestruck by the detail, beauty and cavernous splendour of the basilica.

The stained glass windows by master glazier Joan Vila-Grau in the Main Nave illuminate the interior in a kaleidoscope of colour that is breathtaking.

This is an Unmissable attraction to see in Barcelona and you will be in awe from the moment you set eyes on the basilica from the street and many vantage points around Barcelona.

Sagrada Família Tickets

Summary of Prices

Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Train/Bus Fare Entry Ticket Additional Information Adult Zone 1 T-casual € 33.80 Seniors and students 2 euros discount Child T-familiar FREE for Under 11 years. Group/Family Ticket? 10+ People - See Website for group booking.Notes Under 16 Years must be accompanied by adult

Getting to La Sagrada Família basilica

Address: Carrer de la Marina 253, Barcelona. 08013

Nearest TMB METRO is Sagrada Família which is on the Blue (L5) and Purple (L2) lines.

Documents for La Sagrada Família basilica

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La Sagrada Familia area map

Author: Barcelona Travel Hacks


Metro map Sagrada Familia area


Wikiloc Trail for La Sagrada Família basilica

BCN09. Sagrada Familia - Aveninda Gaudi - Recinte Modernista Sant Pau

A city walk in the Sagrada Familia area of Barcelona via La Sagrada Familia, Avenida Guidi and Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau.

Distance: 2.46 Km

Difficulty: Easy

Return Travel Fare: T-Casual Zone 1

Transport Network: Barcelona Metro

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