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The most iconic feature on the cityscape of Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia is a towering basilica and the magnum opus of architect Antoni Gaudí. With its eight dramatic spires rising high above the streets below, it can be seen from across the city. It attracts thousands of visitors every day who come to admire the intricate façade and take the lift to the top of the towers to look out across the vista.
Work on the project began back in 1882 before Gaudí took it on a year later. He worked on it until the end of his life, but left it unfinished – the basilica is still under construction to this day and is only expected to be completed in the late 2020s, such is its ambitious scope. Today the basilica is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Bringing together art nouveau and gothic architectural styles, Gaudí built an extravagant façade with striking towers and spires that give it the appearance of an intricately-designed sandcastle. When you step inside, you’ll see its marvellous tree-like columns, the elaborate detail on the ceiling and the natural light flooding in from outside.
Take the lift to the top of the towers and you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views across the city. Bear in mind however that children under six years of age, expectant mothers, and anyone with reduced mobility are not permitted to go up, and that you’ll have to take a steep and winding staircase to come back down.
Audio guides are available to accompany you on a tour that lasts around an hour and 45 minutes around the building, giving detailed information. There’s also a guide specially created for children that lasts about 40 minutes. Head to the audio-visual room to see a 20-minute film exploring the church’s history, or check out the basement’s museum to learn more.
There’s a gift shop on site if you want to pick up a few souvenirs of your visit. You can also come to observe daily masses held here in both Catalan and Spanish. The church is easy to reach by bus or metro and is open daily. Tickets can be bought in advance if you want to avoid the queues and children under the age of 10 get free admission.
We understand you really want to make the most out of your time at Sagrada Familia. So, we've compiled a list of some fun things you can do on your visit:
If you're seeking more options, have a look at our Barcelona things to do page.
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