On my recent trip to Barcelona I visited the most iconic church in the city (and maybe the world!), Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. The history behind this monument is very interesting, and believe it or not, is still unfinished after hundreds of years.
The constructions started in 1882 under architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, but in 1883 Antoni Gaudí assumed the position as architect, transforming the project into Gothic / curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. The Basilica is Gaudí’s masterpiece, which he worked on until his death in 1926. At that time, the project was less than a quarter complete. The construction is still ongoing, and is expected to be completed in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death.
Well, we talked about the history, now let’s talk about my visit, which included going to the top of one of the towers.
Purchasing the ticket in advanced is recommended, since the place is always crowded and the lines are long. I bought mine for a Saturday in the afternoon, prime time, one week before my visit. Getting there by train is very easy, there’s a train station right in front of the church. If you have the tickets, the entrance will be very fast.
With so many beautiful details, you’ll be mesmerized by the architecture from the outside. It’s easy to tell which parts of the church were constructed in the early days by some of the discoloration, and which parts of the church are newly constructed. Sunlight entering through the colorful stained glass makes for some beautiful pictures.
There are two towers that guests can visit: Tower on the Passion facade or Tower of the Nativity facade (my choice after reading on other blogs that this tower had the best view). Honestly, I expected a little more in terms of views, but it was still worth the trip up. An elevator is available to go up to the top, but the only way down is via very narrow, dimly lit stairs. I had a few claustrophobic attacks 🙁 Besides that part, I enjoyed the view and took some nice pictures there.
Basic ticket (online only): €15
Audio guided ticket: €22
Guided experience: €24
Top view: €29
The Basilica de la Sagrada Familia is absolutely amazing and it’s a must visit in Barcelona. If you want to see more pictures and videos from my visit, follow me on Instagram @eat_travel_andlove and watch my highlighted stories.