Barcelona’s Holy Family – La Sagrada Familia
The city of Barcelona, in Spain, has many attractions and one of the most awesome ones is the amazing Roman Catholic church or basilica known as La Sagrada Familia (“The Holy Family”). Although still not completed, the fantastic architecture of this incredible building that was designed by famous Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, has earned the church the status of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. La Sagrada Familia is top of the list of places to go and sights to see in Barcelona.
It is worth visiting Barcelona just to view all of the works there by this amazing designer and artist. There are plenty of hotels in Barcelona so it is easy to find accommodation in the city. If you visit La Sagrada Familia and other works by Gaudí, it is sure to be an unforgettable experience!
History and construction of La sagrada Familia
The original inspiration for La Sagrada Familia was from Josep Maria Bocabella, founder of Asociación Espiritual de Devotos de San José (Spiritual Association of Devotees of St. Joseph), and not Gaudí.
The construction of the apse crypt was funded by donations, and was started on 19 March 1882, with architect Francisco de Paula del Villar as the designer. However, Villar resigned in March 1883, which was when Gaudí became involved in the project, although he was not officially appointed as Architect Director until 1884.
Gaudí died in 1926 when the building of La Sagrada Familia was only between 15 and 25% complete. Since then many people have played a hand in the construction of the church but it is still not finished.
On 7 November 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated La Sagrada Familia and proclaimed it as a basilica. Chief Architect Jordi Fauli announced in October 2015 that La Sagrada Familia was now 70% complete and in its final phase of the construction of six massive towers. Most of the church is expected to be finished by 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death.
Visitor entrance fees of 15-20 euros ($17–22) pay for continued work on La Sagrada Familia and private donations are also accepted.
Visiting La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia attracts an estimated 2.5 million tourists each year, making it very important to the economy of Barcelona, as a major attraction of the city. Because it is so popular, an important tip for visiting the church and avoiding long queues, is to go early or at off-peak times.
Because of how amazing it looks inside La Sagrada Familia it is well worth paying the admission price.
Other work by Gaudí in Barcelona
As well as the incredible La Sagrada Familia, there are many more amazing architectural wonders designed by Gaudí in Barcelona that are worth visiting if you can find the time. La Pedrera is a residential building that is so imaginatively designed that it is more sculpture than building. Casa Vicens is another residential building but its façade combines elements of Islamic architectural influence with ceramic decorations. Parc Güell is a garden complex which houses buildings including Gaudí’s house. Like all of his work it is a visual feast of awesome architecture.
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