La Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudí’s life-long project, La Sagrada Familia was only 25% done when the architect died in 1926. By the time construction ceases in 2026, it will have taken longer to build than the Egyptian Pyramids.

Why is it taking so long, you ask? The short answer: none of the interior surfaces are flat. Still left to build are 10 towers—six of which are larger than the existing ones, and one of which will reach a whopping 566 feet, making the edifice the largest religious building in Europe.  Whether you’re in town for two weeks or two hours, it should be at the top of your priority list.

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Best things to see at La Sagrada Familia

As you move from north to south around its exterior, the stone reliefs emulate the story of the birth, life, and death of Jesus Christ. Inside, the transept depicts a parallel journey: that of the evolution of architecture from Medieval times to present. Particularly fascinating is the southern doorway, which is more “modern” than the world’s most impressive skyscrapers. Massive white columns come alive each evening when the sun bursts through the stained glass windows.

La Sagrada Familia directions and parking

Best way to get to La Sagrada Familia

You can find a metro stop right at La Sagrada Familia, called Sagrada Familia stop. This stop is wheelchair accessible, and serviced by both the purple L2 line and the blue L5 line. Two bus stops are also quite close by. One, called the Sagrada Familia stop, is on Carrer de Sardenya and is serviced by the BCTE bus line. The other is on Carrer de Mallorca, is called the Mallorca-Marina stop,  and is serviced by buses 19, D50, N1, and N7.

 

Best parking near La Sagrada Familia

Plenty of parking spots surround La Sagrada Familia, but the closest might be Parking Sagrada Familia and Parkimeter on Plaça de la Sagrada Familia. Find additional parking on Carrer de Provença at Aparcament Pirineu and on Carrer de Mallorca at Parking Mercat.

La Sagrada Familia FAQs

What behavior and clothing is expected inside?

Do your best to be respectful and keep your voice low. Food and drinks are not allowed inside, and revealing clothing is prohibited. In other words, skirts and shorts must be at least below mid-thigh. Exposed backs, bellies, shoulders and necklines are not allowed.

 

Where do I buy tickets?

Buy them online before leaving your hotel, or expect a wait outside the museum itself.

 

Wheelchair accessibility?

While ramps are quite steep, it is still possible to enter the lower level. Unfortunately, t a short set of stairs lead up to both elevators that can access the church towers.

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