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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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