Sagrada Familia (Barcelona)
The Sagrada Familia is the most iconic structure of Barcelona. Designed by Antoni Gaudi, the famous Catalonian architect, the construction of the Sagrada Familia was started is 1882 and even after 135 years, it is still under construction with about 70% of the structure complete. It is one of the worlds most famous living architecture.
The Sagrada Familia was started in Gothic style but Antoni Gaudi later changed it to a new style inspired by nature in which colour and light played vital roles. It is this new style that makes the Sagrada Familia very unique.
The Sagrada Familia (Basilica and Expiatory church of the Holy Family) has aisles arranged around central naves forming a Latin cross. The basilica has three facades, each representing one of the three crucial phases in the life of Christ - the Nativity façade representing the birth of Christ, the Passion façade representing Christs Passion, Death and Resurrection and the Glory façade representing the celestial future glory of Jesus.
In 2005, the Nativity façade and the crypt of the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage.
The Sagrada Familia is a must see in Barcelona.
There are usually long queues. So it is best to book your ticket online here , before you go. You can book your ticket for entry to the basilica as well as to go up the tower. When we visited, the tower was accessible by lift but we had to take the staircase on our way down. Also, we suggest you take a guided tour either with a specialist guide or with an audio guide to better understand Gaudi's masterpiece.