The Most Beautiful Building I’ve Ever Seen

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The Most Beautiful Building I’ve Ever Seen

I think about La Sagrada Família a lot. I’ll never forget how awestruck I was immediately after walking through the entrance. Everywhere you look there is so much to process, it’s overwhelming in the best possible way.

The fact that it is unfinished does not detract from how jaw dropping Gaudí’s masterpiece is at all. Incredibly, construction started all the way back in 1882 and it is projected be completed around 2026-2028.

Visiting Options

Our tickets included the guided tour, which I would definitely recommend. The guide will explain the different architectural styles and cover the symbolic significance behind Gaudí’s vision, making it an even richer experience. Alternatively, there’s an audio tour option and you can also pay extra to climb one of the towers. It had rained before my visit so sadly the towers were closed – something to keep in mind when planning your trip. 

The Exterior

The church has three grand façades: the highly ornate Nativity façade, the more restrained Passion façade, and the under-construction Glory façade. My personal favourite is the Nativity Façade, with its astonishing collage of naturalistic elements.

The Interior

As for the interior… it would be easy to sit on a pew all day long, staring at the endless symbolic ornamentation, the geometric forms, the hypnotic vault of the nave, and the branching columns that mimic a forest. All these elements come together to pack a wallop of an emotional punch.

Adding to the mystical ambiance are the glorious stained glass windows. Gaudí wanted the light inside the Sagrada Família to encourage introspection. When the sun streams through those windows, the graduated shades thrown onto the interior definitely create the right atmosphere for a little soul searching.

Getting Practical

Tickets
They vary in price depending on the package. The basic entry ticket is 15€, while the most expensive ticket, which includes the audio tour and access to one of the towers is 29€.

Buy them online beforehand on the official website.

Getting there
The Sagrada Família is in the heart of Barcelona, so you may be able to walk from your accommodation. If you have data, my all-time favourite transport and map app is Citymapper, which makes it super easy to navigate routes for all modes of transport including walking.

Address: Mallorca Street 401, 08013
Metro: Lines 2 and 5 to Sagrada Familia Station
Bus: 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 and B24

 

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  • Jen

    August 9, 2017

    oh gosh i absolutely fell in love with la sagrada familia when i visited! I remember thinking “maybe i don’t need to go inside, the building itself is already so beautiful” but I am so grateful i did!! You could stand inside there all day and still see something you hadn’t seen before – absolutely breathtaking! Totally puts a whole new spin on your classic European Church visit…

    • jane rebecca

      August 10, 2017

      Totally agree Jen, there’s just so much to take in! I’m so glad you decided to go inside! Thanks for your lovely comment xx

  • Mile High Dreamers

    August 9, 2017

    These pictures are breathtaking! I can only imagine what it’s like to be actually standing there. Spain has been high on our must travel list lately, and this will absolutely be one of our stops. Ben fell in love with the architecture in Italy, so I can’t wait to show him this!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

    • jane rebecca

      August 10, 2017

      Thanks so much Susie! You will absolutely love it, it’s honestly unlike anything else xx

  • Amanda

    August 11, 2017

    Ummm wow! You’re right – what a beauty. I had similar feelings when I was in Russia. There are soooo many gorgeous churches there. The details are so amazing. Man, I need to go to Barcelona!

    • jane rebecca

      August 12, 2017

      The attention to detail is nuts! Gosh I would love to go to Russia, I bet the architecture there is incredible! xx

  • Tales of Two

    August 12, 2017

    I loveeee sagrada famiglia, its unlike anything at all! So incredible. Gaudi’s other architecture monuments in Barcelona are also pretty cool.

    http://www.talesoftwoblog.blogspot.com

    • jane rebecca

      August 12, 2017

      Isn’t it just! Oh so true, I fell head over heels in love with Park Güell too xx

  • Dora

    August 19, 2017

    The ceiling looks just like origami. I feel bad that I didn’t visit it when we went to Barcelona. We were just so tight for time.
    Dora
    http://www.adropofindigo.com/

    • jane rebecca

      August 23, 2017

      It really does! You just have the perfect reason to visit Barcelona again xx

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