Sagrada Familia

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Calle Mallorca 401, Barcelona, Spain

Sagrada Familia Barcelona Reviews

tj1777 tj1777
379 reviews
Sagrada Familia Oct 19, 2013
The most famous building in Barcelona is Sagrada Familia - the building is very famous despite the fact it is still work in progress. There has been construction going on at the church since the 1883 when Gaudi was appointed the architect. The work was nowhere near finished when Gaudi died in 1926 and other architects took over - the newer architects hasn’t been fully faithful to Gaudis original ideas and made some improvising of their own which make the style of the building very a bit. Currently the construction is scheduled to be completed somewhere between 2020 and 2040 - but with the track record of delays in connection with this project don’t be surprised if it will be further delayed. Quite possible nobody alive today will ever see the church completed.

I went to see the old church with the intention of going inside - this was changed when I saw just how long the line was outside the church. Apparently it is possible to buy tickets online - so if you want to visit the inside of the church - do buy tickets online and skip the incredible long line.

Even just walking around the church from the outside is quite unique - the church is like no other church I have ever seen anywhere in the world. The design with all the strange curvy line is not found anywhere except among the works of the modernista in Barcelona.

The area around the church is always busy - since this is the main tourist attraction of the city. So you can stay and look at life in the park in front of the church if you like. There will probably be some street artist to entertain you for a while.
The church from the park
The front side of the church
Details on the facade
A bit scarry sculputures on the fa…
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ingridtrekki says:
Oh lucky you!! I was in Barcelona only one time, but we didn't have time to visit this splendid work of art.
Posted on: Mar 03, 2017
michaeladr says:
Wow, beautiful. Thanks for the heads up about long line. Hopefully I can buy tickets online.
Posted on: May 28, 2014
tj1777 says:
I go as well - if it is finished acording to the current plan by 2040 the latest I should still be around and able to walk around the church by myself. If there is furter delays I am not sure if I will see it finished :)
Posted on: Jan 01, 2014
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118 reviews
Phenomenon Gaudi...!!! Apr 01, 2013
La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudí's most famous works in Barcelona. It's a giant Basilica that has been under construction since 1882 (that's not a typing error!) and it's not expected to be completed for between 30 to 80 years ( time for completion varies depending on different sources of information).

When you visit the building you will see the contrast in the stone colour between the front and back of the building. Also the actual style of construction appears somewhat different between the new and old parts of the building.

My first day in Barcelona i had three "targets" to visit...This famous church, Casa Mila and Casa Batllo.

When we arrived with my friends outside of Sagrada Familia, we had little shocked by the size of the church, but also by the long queue of people.

Luckily the ticket counter were much and served quite fast enough visitors.

The first thing I did incredible impression inside was the roof of the church. I could not stop taking pictures!

Also impressive were and the stained glass windows!

Ticket costs 13euro but with Barcelona card, you have 16% discount. The nearest metro station is Sagrada Familia (Blue Line, L5) and (Purple Line, L2). Also just outside there is souvenir shop with many books about Gaudi's life and his masterpieces!
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sylviandavid says:
Really nice review!
Posted on: Dec 31, 2013
Samten Samten
15 reviews
The most beautiful church I've ever seen Jan 01, 2013
This is by far the most beautiful building I have been to. This church build and planned by Antoni Gaudi is not finished yet. You can take audio guide or book a guided tour in advance. The entrance fee was 12 Euro and the queue in the morning was already very long. It took me 30min to 45min to get in, but its more than worth it.

Inside there is entrance hall where you can queue for the elevator to the top towers, where you can see the whole skyline of Barcelona. The ticket for the elevator is extra. There is a museum where you can see the process of the building and the old construction plans by Gaudi. The inner architecture is amazing you have to see the colorful windows and the figures watching you from above. It is very light inside not like in normal churches and you always feel a fresh wind around you. If you have the time to wait in line do it - and enjoy this masterpiece of architecture.
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jeminigirl jeminigi…
115 reviews
Unbelievable Architecture - a must see on a visit to Barcelona Jun 08, 2012
The Sagrada Familia must be one of the most famous pieces of architecture in Barcelona if not the world and is a definite must see if visiting the city.

We were exceptionally lucky that our hotel was situated within walking distance of the Basilica (approximately ten minutes.) We managed to visit first thing in a morning when the crowds were not at their peak.

The imposing view of the basilica as we turned the corner was breathtaking - the building is huge. Construction started in 1882 by architect Francisco de Paula del Villar but Gaudi was commisioned to oversee the continuation of the building project in 1883 and continued the task upto his death in 1926. The building still remains under construction today and it is anticipated that the building will not be completed for many years to come. Given that we had arrived first thing the queues at the ticket office were not too long and we were soon on our way to view an amazing building.

The front entrance is the 'Passion Facade' to the side of the basilica is the 'Glory Facade' and to the rear of the basilica is the 'Nativity Facade'

Passion Facade

Faces west and is formed by four towers joined together by a front porch the stonework depicts the passion, death and resurrection of Christ.

Glory Facade

This facade faces south-east towards the sea and is formed by another four towers.

Nativity Facade

This facade was the first to be completed under the watchful eye of Gaudi, it faces east and consists of another four towers and three doorways. It depicts the birth of Jesus and the intricate stone work incorporates statues of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. To the left side are the three kings and to the right side the shepherds. Every time you look at this facade something else stands out - there is so much to take in, it really is a masterpiece.

When the basilica is finally completed there will be 18 towers - 12 dedicated to the apostles, 4 dedicated to the evangelists, one to Mary and one to Jesus.

The inside of the basilica is again a masterpiece, stained glass windows, carvings and intricate details are abundant - a true work of art.

Opening times:

October - March 9am - 6pm, April - September 9am - 8pm

Admission prices:

Basilica visit - 13 euros - this just gives you access to the inside of the basilica and the surrounding grounds.

Basilica visit and lift - 16 euros - this gives you the opportunity to view the city from one of the huge towers. This is the option that we took, the views are amazing.

To avoid huge queues and the fact that access to the towers is by lift only a time slot is allocated on your entrance ticket. Miss this time slot and you miss your chance. This was not made clear when purchasing our tickets and it was only by pure luck we ended up at the lift at our allocated time.

People who have mobility problems are advised not to take this option as the way down is by a very small, narrow spiral staircase - pregnant women, asthma suffers and people with heart problems are also advised not to participate. Given that we had gone first thing in the morning (9.30am) the descent down the spiral staircase even at this time proved to be quite humid and some people may find this extremely claustrophobic too.

Guided/Audio tour - 17 euros.

Basilica visit with entrance to Gaudi museum at Park Guell - 16.50 euros.

This fantastic piece of architecture should not be missed. However, try to visit first thing in a morning to avoid the queues as on our way out the queue for the ticket office wound 3/4 of the way around the basilica and this was probably around 10.30am. I would imagine that it gets so crowded it would be very difficult to see this beautiful masterpiece close up.
The Passion facade
The Passion facade
The Nativity facade
The Nativity facade
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sylviandavid says:
great explanation of the facades
Posted on: Dec 31, 2013
jeminigirl says:
Thanks for the congrats =)
Posted on: Jun 13, 2012
monky says:
Congrats on the featured! well done a place like this one cant be miss it :)
Posted on: Jun 13, 2012
Icarus_Sky Icarus_S…
3 reviews
THE BEsT SIGHT EVER Apr 17, 2011
Gaudi's inspiration was nature itself...Sagrada Familia has no straight lines, no right angles; the buiilding is supports are patterned after trees. Natural images abound throughout the structure, and the different methods for support allow more windows than walls, so the interior is wonderfully bright. It is a place that simply feels good to be in, feels healthy
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vani1783 vani1783
3 reviews
Amazing!! Jul 16, 2011
The church is incredible! I've personally have never been to a church as beautiful. I'm not a huge architecture fan but you can't help but aww at the intrecusy and all the details. No words I can use will describe how incredible this place is, you just have to see it for yourself. I will say that the ticket for the lift is a must. You can see all of Barcelona from the top of the church. Also if you're physically capable walk back down instead of taking the lift. All the views and the walk down the spiral staircase is priceless!!
1 / 1 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
lokillo lokillo
3 reviews
Gaudi Jul 10, 2011
Antoni Gaudí is one of the most universal of Catalan culture and international architecture. Born in Lower Camp, but was formed in Barcelona where he worked and lived with his family. It is also found in this city where most of his work. Cultivated mainly in architecture, but also design furniture and objects, urban planning and landscaping, among other disciplines. In all these fields, developed their own language very expressive and able to create a work that speaks directly to the senses.
robertmeier robertme…
3 reviews
Magnificent Apr 21, 2011
At first I was skeptical and figured this to be a tourist trap. But I'm glad I took the trouble to wait in the queue and pay the 12Euros to get to see a masterpiece in the making. The church which was the brainchild auf Antoni Gaudi is quite a sight to behold from the outside, but once inside, especially on a sunny day, the light and natural architecture is simply breathtaking and one of a kind. Once you've seen this, you can't help but become a Gaudi fan.
pumpkinpatch10 pumpkinp…
3 reviews
La Sagrada Familia Mar 11, 2011
A must see when you visit Barcelona. It's conveniently located just off a metro stop. If you decide to visit Fri-Sun make sure you go early b/c the lines get pretty long. Also make sure to bring your student ID b/c there is a discount.

The inside is still under construction so certain areas are restricted. However what you can't miss is a trip to the top of the cathedral. Not sure if the price has changed, but I recall paying 2.50 euros for an elevator ride up.
Evita_V Evita_V
4 reviews
Sagrada Familia is one of the MUST see Jun 02, 2011
If you are in Spain you will notice many beautiful Gaudi buildings that cannot be mixed with anything else. So if you do like them - you MUST see the church of Sagrada familia too. It is not necessarily to pay ticket and go inside as most of the beauty is from outside.
Chanelcurrey Chanelcu…
3 reviews
Most beautiful sight in BCN Apr 29, 2011
Make sure to go up the tower to the top to get an incredible view of Barcelona. Enjoy it on a sunny day to see the true beauty of the stained glass windows and everything else Gaudi intended within his nature based cathedral.

Favorite place on earth. :)
nlitwer nlitwer
4 reviews
Awe inspiring Mar 29, 2011
This is an incredible must see in Barcelona. On saturdays it is free admission, however get there early as the line gets long very quickly!
ian_travbuddy ian_trav…
8 reviews
It's not just an Structure... It's an Art. Jul 20, 2010
I love Barcelona!

I went there a couple of times and enjoyed from beginning till the end!

I grew up with the Barca - Madrid rivalry among me and my friends and my heart was attached to the Catalan side of course.

This review is dedicated to "La Sagrada Familia". The most impressive art masterpiece I've seen by Antonio Gaudi.

Don't worry, I won't dive into the history books with you folks. No, not today.

Let me tell you something about my visit in that big piece of art.

One of the famous facts about this masterpiece is that Gaudi spend many years developing and constructing the Sagrada Familia but never finished it. He died before it would finish. However, they don't expect to finish this shortly.

When you come very close you will see the giant pillars of the temple (because the buildings surrounding the temple are blocking a clear view).

They charge you €12 ($14,39 CAD).

Which is nothing, in my opinion. The temple was more than impressive. It's a true miracle and a beauty in my eyes.

Once inside, you can go loose and learn more about the true facts and more about this "Construction site".

Yes, it is a Construction site. Because they did not finish it yet! The access to La Sagrada Familia is limited too. Some Towers are still unavailable because it's dangerous.

Why should you go here?

If you like culture. And if you're begging to have an cultural boost between all the nightlife! It's an art. The style is so extraordinary and so was Gaudi! When you visit Barcelona you have to visit la Sagrada Familia!
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sylviandavid says:
Nice Review... Sylvia
Posted on: Sep 26, 2010
spocklogic spocklog…
325 reviews
Gaudi's Gothic Monster Jul 11, 2009
I made the venture to see Sagrada Familia, which seems a must do when in Barcelona. The crowds and cranes left me less than pleased. I don't like crowds, machines and scaffolds interfering with my experience, so I just had a bad vibe from being there unfortunately. Impressive building, I have to admit, but in some respects it's almost too much for the eye to take in. Details so plentiful it seems to have an overdose of finesse everywhere. As I stood looking at it for a while it began to remind me of a giant melting candle, the details dripping down in random confusion.

There is so much stuff all over the building everywhere you look, and in such arbitrary way, that there is nothing for the eye to really focus on. It's an immense miasma of Gothic gratuitousness, almost grotesque. I was struck with that feeling you have when presented with too much variety and get overwhelmed. After some 135 years it's still not finished and expected to be completed around 2028. George Orwell once said that it was "one of the most hideous buildings in the world". I wouldn't go that far, but it did strike me as a bit of an eyesore. Recommended as an oddity and shoot a few photos, but not for everyone's taste as something aesthetically pleasing.
Sagrada Familia from a distance
Sagrada Familia close up
5 / 5 TravBuddies found this review helpful/trustworthy
EmyG says:
just bought tickets to enter Sagrada and one of its towers :) this pelasure costs 29 euros now.
Posted on: Apr 06, 2017
I didn't like it either, but once in Barcelona you feel you have to go there. - Thanks for your smiles and comments on my latest restaurant review.
Posted on: Mar 27, 2017
grandmar says:
My daughter's comment when she saw the photos was "It's melting". She did climb one of the towers.
Posted on: Mar 02, 2017
kristinasub kristina…
19 reviews
Sagrada Familia - general tip Jul 20, 2008
How to get there:

Buses: 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20, B24, N1, N7

Metro: L2(Purple Line),L5(Blue Line)(Sagrada Família)

Open every day:

- from January to March and October to December from 9 to 18 h.

- from April to September from 9 to 20 h.

- 25 and 26 December and 1 and 6 January from 9 to 14 h.


The elevator rises the visitors up to 65m of height, in the Passion and 55m height in the Nativity facade.

Price: 2 €. – only you need to wait in line about 90 minutes for elevator to get your turn

Audio guides:

4 € -Catalan, Castilian (Spanish), English, French, Italian and German

Present condition:

The church of the Sagrada Família is in process of construction and consequently the interior is open and submitted, the same as the outside

The Nativity facade and the Crypt of the Sagrada Família, are recently declared "WORLD HERITAGE" by the UNESCO.
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kristinasub says:
Danielle, you have to buy tickets in front of Sagrada, there is no other way to go inside :)
Posted on: Aug 27, 2011
daniellelooije says:
Is it recommended to buy tickets in front or is it not neccessary?
Posted on: Aug 13, 2011
antoine_souhayl says:
pas mal
Posted on: Aug 12, 2011
42 reviews
Temple de la Sagrada Familia Nov 11, 2008
Our next stop is at the Sagrada Famlia, maybe i should say, we are here by Gaudi's dream, to wich he devoted much of his life. At the time of his death in 1926, only one of the towers has been completed. The constitution of Gaudi's project has become an unmistakable symbol of Barcelona and also from Spain.

The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is a work on a grand scale which was begun on 19 April 1882 from a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1903). At the end of 1883 Gaudí was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea.

The building is in the centre of Barcelona, and over the years it has become one of the most universal signs of identity of the city and the country. It is visited by millions of people every year and many more study its architectural and religious content.

From the very beginning, the only financing for building the Temple of the Secred Family, built under the concept of a temple of atonement, came only from private donations and alms.

Now i will enjoy the beauty of the Sagrada, so lets have a look!
The Sagrada Familia.
The Sagrada Familia.
The Sagrada Familia.
The Sagrada Familia.
sylviandavid says:
Nice review.... thanks..... sylvia
Posted on: Sep 26, 2010
JP-NED says:
I agree, but at the end, you're a fan now!
Posted on: Jan 14, 2009
Lilliana77 says:
You know, to tell you the truth I didn't like much Gaudi's or the Sagrada Familia as a building. HOWEVER, once I understood the meaning of what he was trying to express and all the small details of the building, then it made sense to me.
I even found amazing that the side of "The Birth" there are two turtles as holding the base. This was because in Barcelona you can see the sea and the mountains (land), so one turtle represents the turtle sea and other one the land one.... So much into detail, this guy was just so out of his mind, and his art was just way beyond his time.
I found it very impressive.
Posted on: Jan 14, 2009
Liselore_Verschuren Liselore…
252 reviews
An essential sight in Barcelona Mar 28, 2008
The building of the church started in 1882 and officially it is supposed to be finished in the year 2026. The main reason why the building of the church has taken so long, is because the Sagrada Familia is not supported by any government or official church sources. Its income is dependant on the entrance fees paid by tourists.

The biggest part of the church is still under construction, and there are several parts for which the construction hasn't even been started. An example of this is the 170 meter high central tower, surrounded by four smaller towers. The construction for these towers can't start before the entire roof has been finished.

The outside will have three façades that all depict a phase out of Christ's life. The façade about the birth of Christ was the first one to be finished and has a classic look with a lot of nature scenes. The façade about the passion of Christ is more recent and has a very straight, modern look. This side also shows a ‘magical square’ in which the magical constant is 33, the age at which Christ died.

The front façade will depict the glory of Christ, but construction of this façade has barely begun.

The Sagrada Familia was Gaudi’s last work. He was so consumed by this project that he didn’t accept any other assignments. In the last years of his life, he spend every waking minute on this church and he lived like a hermit on the construction grounds. In 1926 Gaudi was run over by a tram and died. He was buried in the crypt of his church.
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sylviandavid says:
Thanks for this review... sylvia
Posted on: Sep 26, 2010
aka_pushkin aka_push…
9 reviews
A huge overpriced building site Jul 08, 2008
The building is very interesting and should be quite an impressive place when finished. However, right now there's absolutely no reason to go inside. There are very beautiful stained glass windows (2 of them are finished) and nice ceilings, but apart from that there's just nothing to see. The price of 9 euros is absolutely not justified.

You can get up the towers, but have to wait for at least an hour in the queue and pay additional 1 or 2 euros. Insulting.

Just stand outside and appreciate the building without entering the site itself.

Inside the Sagrada Familia
sylviandavid says:
Thanks for this review.... sylvia
Posted on: Sep 26, 2010
ellieisamazing says:
I agree that there is no reason to go inside this building!! Like being in a construction site. No spiritual connection, after all, no religious ceremony has ever really taken place here, am I correct?
Posted on: Mar 04, 2009
JoePink says:
Good job!! I appreciate these not so great review's. there more intertaining :) Oh by the way

Добро пожаловать (путешествовать приятелей), превосходное профиля изображение, я люблю его... (Я склонен бар)
Posted on: Jul 08, 2008
ellieisamazing ellieisa…
79 reviews
Overrated tourist trap Nov 12, 2008
Of course this is one site you have to see in Barcelona, only because it is the one most toted! While the outside of the building was interesting, the inside was devoid of anything but dust and construction material. Glad I made an impromptu visit to Montessarat mountain after a quick getaway from this "Gaudi" tourist trap.
sylviandavid says:
thanks for this review...
Posted on: Sep 26, 2010
funinuk funinuk
41 reviews
Nov 19, 2006
Sagrada Familia was really the only thing in Barcelona I really wanted to see.

It is so old and has so much history and still remains unfinished. They said it would be 30 years before it was finished!

The temple itself, although unfinished, is undoubtedly Gaudi with its unusual arches and facades that stretch to the sky in huge colourful towers seen all over the city.

It was quite cheap to enter and was an extra 2euro to get the lift up the top. This was well worth it as the views are amazing and there is so much arcitecture to see up there.

Well worth going to and all the tourist busses stop right outside.
sylviandavid says:
thanks for this review.... I like your perspective...
Posted on: Sep 26, 2010
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