Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Família is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

Though construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms.

Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Família’s construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026 – the 100th anniversary  of Gaudí’s death. The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona’s cathedral, over Gaudí’s design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí’s death disregarded his design  and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain’s high-speed train could disturb its stability.

Buying Tickets:

We advise that you buy your tickets before you arrive to avoid queuing.  During peek season (June, July, Aug & September) people can queue up to 2 hours.

If you don’t want to buy a ticket in advance and want to avoid the long queues you could arrive early in the morning when the attraction opens at 9:00am.  This doesn’t guarantee that there won’t be any queue at all.  Although the waiting time should be less.

Opening hours:

November to February,
9 am to 6 pm

March,
9 am to 7 pm

April to September,
9 am to 8 pm

October,
9 am to 7 pm

December 25, 26, January 1 and 6,
9 am to 2 pm

Sale of tickets finishes 15 minutes before closing time.

The times and days when the Sagrada Familia is open to the public may occasionally be modified by the management due to special events taking place inside the basilica.

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