La Sagrada Familia is a Roman-Catholic basilica, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi (1852–1926). It was actually just a church at the beginning, and later on had been a cathedral, until 2010 when it was consecrated as a basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.
What makes this basilica special are the architectural design, its gigantic size, and the fact that it hasn’t finished yet and still under construction after 134 years (started 1882). The expected completion time is 2026, which ironically will be the 100th years after Gaudi’s death.
Barcelona is located on the northeast coast of the Iberian Peninsula, facing the Mediterranean Sea and is a beach city. So Gaudi’s vision when he started this project is to make Sagrada Familia the first thing that sailors see when they approach Barcelona, so it’s gotta be huge and tall. When completed, this basilica will have 18 tower in total. One tower dedicated to Virgin Mary, 4 towers along each of the 3 façades represent the 12 apostles (ranging between 90-120m), 4 towers in the middle represent the 4 evangelists, and these 4 will be surrounding the biggest and the tallest tower with 170 meters high that, of course, dedicated to Jesus Christ. For now, there are only 8 towers, 10 more to go.
Check this illustrated video below to understand the building process and what it’s look like when it’s finished!
When La Sagrada Familia’s finished it will be the tallest religious building in Europe. But Gaudi made sure that his masterpiece will be 1 meter less than Montjuïc; a hill in Barcelona which is the highest point of the city; because he believed that no man-made should ever be higher than the God’s creation. He’s a true believer and a very thoughtful man. Gaudi dedicated all his life to built this basilica, and he is now buried in a crypt under Sagrada Familia. (Unfortunately, he’s dead after being hit by a tram).
Gaudi was inspired a lot by nature when he designed the Sagrada Familia. So expect to see a lot of berries on top of the towers, trees-lookalike pillars, and he also made sure the ceiling have some holes for sunlight to come in just like the feeling when you walk into a jungle and the sunlight break through the trees. His distinctive creativity make him to be one of the phenomenal architects in the world.
La Sagrada Familia is the main tourist attraction in Barcelona. So if you’re going to Barcelona, make sure you pop in there and prepare to be amazed by it! I suggest to take the trip to the tower as well, you can see Barcelona from above and you can enjoy a view of the city’s coastlines as well. The ticket price is ranging from €15 to €29 and that includes your donation/contribution to keep this project going. What’s better than visiting a masterpiece and also knowing that you’ve taken a part to built it?
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