The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Catalan pronunciation: [səˈɣɾaðə fəˈmiɫiə]; Spanish: Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia; English: Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Catalan Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Gaudís work on the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica, as distinct from a cathedral, which must be the seat of a bishop.
Construction of Sagrada Família commenced in 1882 by architect Francisco Paula de Villar with Gaudí becoming involved in 1883 after Francisco resigned as the head architect. Taking over the project, Gaudí transformed it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.
Sagrada Familias construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the projects greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudís death.
The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona: over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelonas cathedral, over Gaudís design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudís death disregarded his design, and the 2007 proposal to build an underground tunnel of Spains high-speed rail link to France which could disturb its stability. Describing Sagrada Família, art critic Rainer Zerbst said, "It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art" and Paul Goldberger describes it as, "The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages."
The Basilica of the Sagrada Família was the inspiration of a bookseller, Josep Maria Bocabella, founder of Asociación Espiritual de Devotos de San José (Spiritual Association of Devotees of St. Joseph).
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Carrer de Mallorca, 401, Barcelona / Catalonia / ES,
Website - http://www.sagradafamilia.cat
Telephone - 931 98 07 05
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Value for money
Posted by - Brian Bhoy | 10 months ago
Without a doubt, the finest building I have ever had the privilege to witness. A jewel in the crown of the greatest city on the planet, so far as I am concerned.
A must see attraction for any se
Posted by - Mike Lacroix | 10 months ago
There are many more eloquent and righteous descriptions of La Sagrada Familia than I could ever claim to make. But one thing is for certain: there will seldom be a construct that will combine grandeur
Posted by - Raj Vinjamuri | 11 months ago
I've been to churches, cathedrals, mosques and temples all around the world; this place is one of the most moving and beautiful places of all.
A must-see in Barcelona. I recommend gettin
Posted by - Jonathan Zagazeta | 11 months ago
Here's the deal. If you're in Barcelona, you absolutely definitely must go see this ever changing structure. Don't let the entry lines detour you, it is well worth the wait to see the interior archite
Posted by - Férnando Diaz | 11 months ago
The Sagrada Familia deserves more than a five star rating. The beautiful and breathtaking creative architecture is unequivocally unique and unmatched. Yet be mindful of one thing: the terms of the the
Posted by - Alan McLoughlin | 1 year ago
The highlight of our visit to Barcelona. An amazing place looking so different from every other building...you couldn't mistake it for anything other than Guadi's.
Queued for about 30 mi
Posted by - Marcel Emmen | 1 year ago
Beautiful and still in progress people say that it will be finished in 2026. Visiting inside is beautiful but for what you get expensive. Make sure you go inside when the sun is shining through the st
Posted by - Ian Williams | 1 year ago
Inside the use of light and colour is amazing. I came here about 20 years ago and the inside was more or less just a building site and the trip up the towers was the best bit. Now the interior is best
Posted by - Johan Stiernspetz | 1 year ago
If La Sagrada Familia don't touch your soul regardless religion, nothing will.
There is no words to describe the experience of walking around the outside, and then the inside. After a while no
Posted by - Jeremy Kearney | 1 year ago
Such a breath taking building. The artistry and craftsmanship is beyond words. Well well worth the visit. Access is so well managed that it never feels over crowded. Really recommend but a ticket that