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“Amazing but not my favorite site” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
+34 93 208 04 14
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Ranked #1 of 1,162 things to do in Barcelona
Activities: Walking
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a monumental church devoted to the Holy Family: Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Construction began in 1882, based on plans drawn up by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, and Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to continue the project in 1883. The Temple has always been an expiatory church, built only from donations. As Gaudi said: "The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people." In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the site as a minor basilica.
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“Amazing but not my favorite site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

This church is truly amazing - but it's not our favorite site designed by Gaudi. The exterior for us was the best and most amazing part of this building. The inside seems so new in comparison to the exterior.

Visited October 2012
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“Spectacular!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

This is a very overwhelmingly beautiful church. It is huge and grand. The towers are amazing, the interior even more so.

Visited December 2012
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“Nickel and dime”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The church by itself was pretty amazing and having the opportunity to see it while still under construction was definetely a plus. I guess you can blame no one for the 45 minutes line outside or the 2 hrs waiting to see the towers (which we didn't). Problem is that the place misses any mystical area, and the 15 Euros fee just for entrance is way too much to simply step into a church unless Sister Act is singing there

Visited December 2012
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“Fantastic - unique”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Where do you find a cathedral that is being built in our lifetime??? In Barcelona, Spain. And the most unique one at that, designed by Antonio Gaudí. Strange fluid almost botanic designs. Already under construction for a hundred years, and to be finished within a couple more. Outside is the most fantastic - and free - but don't hesitate to go in if you have the time (for queueing) and the money. Its history is very interesting, climbing the towers also, but beware if you're afraid of heights!

Visited December 2012
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“Agree that it is a must-see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

Wasn't sure what to expect. Couldn't get a time online we wanted so we went and stood in line for about 45 minutes on the day after Christmas - not a problem because the sun was shining. We spent about 3 hours, used the audio tour and read all the signs. Quite impressive and beautiful.

Visited December 2012
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