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“Don't Miss La Sagrada Familia!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

Basilica of the Sagrada Familia
Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
+34 935 13 20 60
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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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“Don't Miss La Sagrada Familia!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

This is a "must see" when in Barcelona. What was designed and started by Gaudi and is being finished by modern contrctors is an amazing structure whose inspiration was nature itself. Gaudi took cues from trees, flowers, forests, and various fauna to create columns, arches, and towers that are truly unique. The outside is breathtaking, but the inside is where you get a feel for what Gaudi was all about. Still under construction after more than 300 years, and now being finished thanks to an influx of funding from around the world, this cathedral is one of the most impressive structures I've ever seen. Do look for other buildings in Barcelona designed by Gaudi, also. La Sagrada Familia is well worth the time and admission fee. You are free to take photos indoors. The gift shop is also nice. It has many items made right in Barcelona.

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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.

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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

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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!

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