La Sagrada Família
The church of La Sagrada Família is without doubt the most spectacular and most visited architectural work in Barcelona. It is set in the square of the same name, which continues behind the basilica to the Plaça Gaudí, both of which lie between the streets of Mallorca and Provença.
It is the maximum exponent of Modernisme Català , and works began in 1882 although Gaudí himself did not take charge until 1891, when he finished the crypt and radically modified the rest of the plans. On his death in 1926, when the then deaf Gaudí was run over by a tram, this genius of Modernism had completed the apse of the church and had crowned the first of the towers of the Façana del Neixement, or Nativity Façade. From then onwards the construction of the church has continued with towers being built and spaces unified in accordance with the plans of the great architect. This includes three façades or porticos, each with four, 107-metre-high spires, and rising above these as the culmination of the nave is the planned Torre del Salvador, or Tower of Our Saviour. The central nave was completed in 2010 and in November of that year the Pope Benedict XVI visited to consecrate the church as a basilica.
Architects in charge of the building works are aiming to complete the building in 2026, one hundred years after the death of its creator. The finished church is planned to have eighteen towers: twelve dedicated to the Apostles; four to the Evangelists, one to Jesus and one to the Virgin Mary.
La Sagrada Família
Address: Mallorca, 401.
Phone: 932 080 414.
Metro: L2 and L5 Sagrada Família.
Bus: 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51.
Opening Hours: January to March and October to December open from 9:00 to 18:00. April to September open from 9:00 to 20:00.
Duration of visit: 2 hours.
Audio-guides: Available in several languages; Catalan, Spanish, English, French, Italian, German, Japanese and Russian, etc.