Thursday, 8 May 2014

Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

If you ask anyone if there is only thing you should visit while out in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, chances are the answer would be the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia, or if that's too much of a tongue twister, the La Sagrada Familia - Gaudi's best known piece of work in the making. 

Ranked number two of 316 attractions in Barcelona on Trip Advisor (currently coming in just after Palace of Catalan music) with 23,068 reviews and counting, it was awarded the Traveller's Choice 2013 Winner and along with being recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage sit, when you visit the church, it comes at no surprise as to why.

The building is often synonymous with Spain and so iconic to Barcelona that it even has a metro station named after it which is perfect for tourists trying to locate it. Once you come out of the exit, it's not hard to be blown away from the impressive building, and that's just the exterior. It's amazing to think that building commenced way back in 1882, with Barcelona's most famous architect, Antonio Gaudi, taking over the reins in 1883 until his untimely death in 1926. Throughout the time he was working on this building, the architectural design took a different turn than the one initially intended. Instead of deciding to stick along with the original plans, Gaudi had others plans in mind - he decided to go down the neo-Gothic style which eventually become his trademark modernist style and is evident in everywhere you look at the church.

The impressive height of the building shadowed by construction cranes is a reminder that the building is still in progress. At the time of Gaudi's death, the building was nowhere near completion - in fact, all that had been constructed was less than a quarter planned. Construction work soon depended on private donations and together with the Spanish Civil War meant that development moved at a slow pace. However, in 1950, it started again until this day. By 2010, more than half of the work had been done partly in thanks to Barcelona hosting the 1992 Summer Olympics, and while the completion date is still vague, many people hope it will be fully completed by 2026 - in time for the century of Gaudi's death.

We didn't go inside as we were touring Barcelona on a limited budget, but we did take a few photos of the exterior to share on here.

Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain - located in the Eixample District
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Metro: L5 and L2 - Sagrada Familia
Entry Tickets: Range from €14.80 (for the Sagrada Familia alone) to €23.80 to combine a guide and visit to the towers


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