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Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia

Discover the unfinished and perfect work by Antoni Gaudi: the Sagrada Familia, one of the 12 treasures of Spain and one of the Seven Wonders of Catalonia.

SAGRADA FAMILIA OF BARCELONA

The Basilica Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia, also known in Catalan as Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, is the largest Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona, Spain.

ANTONI GAUDI AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SAGRADA FAMILIA

The construction of the Sagrada Familia began in 1882, following the project created by the Catalan architect and artist Antoni Gaudi. His limitless vision and creativity combined different styles such as gothic, Catalan modernism, minimalism and art nouveau, all of them represented by ambitious structures like columns, arches, sculptures and rosettes, in addition to huge towers that can’t be fully seen at plain sight from the ground.

When you visit this monument, you will see how its construction style differs in several parts since some were built long before others. As for the interior, during the day you will discover a beautiful effect of lights and colors caused by sunlight filtering through the stained glass windows of the structure.

Gaudi played an active role directing the construction of the building until his death in 1926. By then, less than a quarter of the project had been completed, because he often asked that the work be modified until it was exactly as he had in mind. In 1983, after a period of interruptions, the work continued with a team that joined the talent of Francesc Quintana, Isidre Puig i Boada, Lluís Bonet i Garí and Francesc Cardones, who were mainly in charge of the construction of the Passion façade, following the plans and models left by Gaudi.

The construction of the Sagrada Familia progressed slowly, since it depended on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. Then, in 2010, the construction finally surpassed 50% of the project, leaving pending some of the biggest challenges whose possible completion are planned for 2026.

VISIT THE SAGRADA FAMILIA AND HOW TO GET THERE

Although we already mentioned that the church isn’t finished yet, it´s open to the public, so you can visit the interior as well as the underground museum, where you’ll discover more about the history of its construction explained through floor plans and scale models. Buy your tickets in advance! 

The Sagrada Familia is located on Mallorca Street. In order to get there, take the subway to Sagrada Familia station, Blue line L5 and Purple line L2. The Sagrada Familia welcomes everyone, so DINKtravelers invites you to visit it and be enchanted by its unparalleled beauty.

SAGRADA FAMILIA FUN FACTS

This modernist icon has some very interesting secrets and curiosities:

  • During the Spanish Civil War, an anticlerical group burned down part of the Sagrada Familia, destroying the studio that Gaudi had had inside the temple as well as several sketches and models, so the work continued without the original plans left behind by the author.
  • The Sagrada Familia was built on a plain. As time passed and population grew, the city extended, practically swallowing the construction.
  • After Antoni Gaudi passed away, his remains were buried in the church, in the Carmen chapel, to be exact. His remains still rest there.

SEVEN WONDERS OF CATALONIA

The Sagrada Familia was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO; it was proposed to become one of the New Seven Wonders of the Modern World; it’s one of the 12 treasures of Spain and it’s considered one of the Seven Wonders of Catalonia.

OTHER WORKS BY ANTONI GAUDI

The inventiveness of the Spanish architectural genius never found any limits, so there are several monuments and buildings in Barcelona that were authored by him and that you can also visit in your next trip. One of them is Casa Milà also known as the “Pedrera”, built in modernist style.

Casa Milà is one of the most famous and important buildings in the city; so much so, that the Spanish Government declared it a Historical and Artistic Monument of National Interest in 1962. Also worth of mentioning is the Park Güell, a beautiful garden whose particular design resembles a fairy-tale setting and that, just like Casa Milà, (and many of Gauidi’s works), presents a unique style inspired by nature, combining capricious and curvilinear forms with exact geometric figures. As it was expected, many of Gaudi’s architectural works have earned the title of World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Definitely, it’s difficult to speak about all the artistic creations by Antoni Gaudi without falling short when describing so much talent and imagination.