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Address: Carrer de Sardenya and Carrer de Provenca
Nearest metro station: Sagrada Familia
Hours: 9:00 to 20:00 (April - September)
9:00 to 18:00 (October - March)
* 9:00 to 14:00 on 25 - 26 December, 1 January and 6 January
Best times to visit: early in the morning or late in the afternoon
Choosing a tower to visit: On the Passion Tower elevator, you can go both up and down by elevator. On the Nativity Tower elevator, you can only go down by foot.
El Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (the Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) began as a vision of Josep Maria Bocabella i Verdaguer. He founded the Spiritual Association of the Devotees of St Joseph in 1874 and it was this Foundation that began promoting the construction of the church and raising public funds for the construction. The foundation stone was laid on March 19, 1882, the feast day of St Joseph. The original architect, Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, resigned after a year and Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to oversee the project.
The Sagrada Familia became Gaudi's greatest contribution to Barcelona. He dedicated himself to this project for 43 years, until his tragic death in 1926. As public interest in the project increased and more donations were received, the Foundation accepted Gaudi's suggestion to build a more innovative and monumental structure than the original neo-Gothic plan. After his death, a succession of architects have added their vision to the complex.
The church is expiatory, meaning that it is
being constructed to atone for wrongdoing or guilt, so the financing of
the church is completely private. The admission charge paid by over two
and a half million visitors each year supports the cost of
construction. The goal is to complete construction by the first third of
On July 17, 2005, UNESCO declared the Sagrada Família to be a World Heritage Site.
On November 7, 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the Sagrada Familia as a minor basilica.
Antoni Gaudi was born in 1852 in Reus, a town in Tarragona near Barcelona. His father was a coppersmith. He studied at the Barcelona Province School of Architecture and received his diploma in 1878. When he first accepted the commission of the Sagrada Familia, he was still involved in the design of residential and commercial structures. A very religious man, he soon dedicated all of his time to the design and construction of the Sagrada Familia. On June 7, 1926, he was struck by a tram in front of the Sagrada Familia and taken to the Hospital de la Santa Creu, where he died three days later. During his funeral, the city acknowledged that he had been their most illustrious architect.
The church was designed to have a total length of 110 m, and a height of 45 m, with twelve towers between 100 and 115 m high. The ground plan is a Gothic basilical plan in the shape of a Latin cross, with five naves connecting with a transept that connects to three naves, apse, and ambulatory. Three facades which will represent the Nativity, the Passion and Death, and the Glory of Christ. The twelve towers will symbolize the twelve apostles. Four monumental bell towers will represent the four Evangelists. Two colossal domes will represent Christ and the Virgin Mary. The temple crypt began by Villar was finished by Gaudi in 1885.
The sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs has been working on the sculptures of the church in his own style for the last 20 years. The church building now represents Barcelona to the whole world and millions visit it to admire the visionary architecture and religious devotion of Antoni Gaudi as well as other contributors.
For more information, see the History page of the Sagrada Familia Website.
All tickets are 'timed' with a 1-hour window for admission. If you purchase a ticket for 9-10 am, you can enter any time within that hour. Stay as long as you please.
Tickets for the elevators to the towers in La Sagrada Familia are additional. They can be purchased at the ticket window as you enter or online from the Ticketmaster website. They are timed in 10 minute increments.PURCHASING TICKETS ONLINE FROM TICKETMASTER:
1) Choose type of tickets:
Basilica Visit + Audioguide
Basilica Visit + Guide (English tours at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00)
Basilica Visit only
Basilica Visit + Tower (1 tower only)
Basilica Visit + Audioguide + Tower
Basilica Visit + Gaudi House in Parc Guell
2) Choose date on calendar, click on Buy Tickets
3) Input TOTAL NUMBER of tickets (eg 1 Adult, 1 Child)
4) Select 1 hour time band
5) Input NUMBER OF SPECIAL PRICED TICKETS (Senior, Student, Child etc.)
6) The programme will automatically calculate the total price. If this correct, click on Continue and proceed with purchase.
7) AFTER PURCHASE, you will see a screen of DELIVERY OPTIONS. Choose the first entry, "PRINT AT HOME". If you are not able to print at home, you can always: 1) use a Caixa terminal in Spain or 2) go directly to the Sagrada Familia ticket office (at the Sardenya entrance, look for the yellow
and black La Caixa/Servi Caixa logo above one of the entry points).
8) Ticketmaster/Servicaixa will inform you that you need Adobe software to print. If you are ready to print, click on the box.
LOCATING LA CAIXA TERMINALS IN SPAIN:
If you did not print your tickets at home, you can use a Caixa terminal to print them in Spain. The Caixa terminal nearest the Basilica is on the corner of carrer de Provenca and carrer de Sardenya (near McDonald's).
You can also print your tickets in other cities in Spain. To locate the address of a Caixa terminal, use the Ticketmaster terminal locator . Input your city of choice in "Localidad", select "Venta de entradas", select "mucho mas". If you want a location near your hotel, input the 5-digit postal code of your hotel in "Código postal". If the Caixa location is a branch of a bank, the terminal that prints tickets will be located OUTSIDE the branch office.
To initiate printing, insert the credit card you used to purchase the tickets into the slot labeled 'targeta'. The screen will prompt you to choose a language (English, Spanish etc). The prompts will guide you through the process of printing your tickets and a receipt.
Translation of the section on discounted tickets that shows on line:
Jubilats - Seniors 65 years and above
10 a 18 anys - 10 to 18 years old
Menors 10 anys - Under 10 years old
Estudiants - Students
Carnet Jove - Youth Card
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