Sagrada Familia – tickets, prices, discounts, tower access, avoid crowd
Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s most popular tourist attraction and attracts more than 5 million visitors annually.
The Basilica is the pet project of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, known for his dislike of straight lines in design and construction.
Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and will be ready by 2026 – a whopping 144 years.
The church has become an iconic symbol of Barcelona, drawing millions of visitors each year to marvel at its stunning architecture and religious significance.
Visitors to the Sagrada Familia can explore its interior and exterior, including ornate facades, stained glass windows, and intricate sculptures.
The church also has a museum dedicated to its history and construction, where visitors can learn more about the fascinating story behind this remarkable landmark.
This article explains everything you need to know before buying Sagrada Familia tickets.
Table of contents
- What to expect at Sagrada Familia
- Sagrada Familia tickets
- Why buying online is better
- How online tickets work
- Cost of Sagrada Familia tickets
- Sagrada Familia discounts
- Fast Track entry tickets
- Guided tour of Sagrada Familia
- Sagrada Familia entry + Tower access
- Guided tour with Tower access
- Guided tour of Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
- Visiting Sagrada Familia for free
- Sagrada Familia audio guide
- How to reach Sagrada Familia
- Sagrada Familia entrance
- Sagrada Familia hours
- How long does Sagrada Familia take
- How to avoid the crowd
- Buy Sagrada Familia tickets online
- Get the time slot right
- Plan your visit on a Monday
- Sagrada Familia towers
- Sagrada Familia’s dress code
- Visiting Sagrada at night
- Sagrada Familia map
- Mass timings
Hours: 9 am to 8 pm
Last Entry: 7.
Time needed: 1.5 to 2 hours
Best time: 9 am or 5 pm
Ticket cost: €33 to €80
Sagrada Familia is at 401 Mallorca street, 08013 Barcelona, and public transport is the best way to get there. Directions
What to expect at Sagrada Familia
Check out the video below to get a feel of what to expect at Barcelona’s most popular attraction.
To skip the history, start watching the video from 3.45 minutes.
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Sagrada Familia tickets
There are many Sagrada Familia tickets, each offering a unique experience at the Basilica.
|Sagrada Familia fast track tickets||€34|
|Sagrada Familia with Tower access||€47|
|Guided tour of Sagrada Familia||€50|
|Sagrada Familia guided tour + Tower access||€62|
|Guided tour of Sagrada Familia & Park Guell||€82|
|Guided tour of Sagrada & Montserrat||€99|
|Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in French||€48|
|Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in Italian||€48|
|Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in German||€48|
|Guided Tour of Sagrada Familia in Spanish||€48|
Why buying online is better
There is no difference between Sagrada Familia tickets bought online and those purchased at the venue.
However, there are two massive advantages of buying Sagrada Familia tickets online –
- You don’t pay the ‘ticketing window surcharge’ on online tickets, and hence they are cheaper
- You save time because you don’t stand in line at the ticketing window. During peak hours, this wait can even go up to 90 minutes.
How online tickets work
Sagrada Familia tickets get delivered to your inbox as soon as you purchase them.
On your visit, show the ticket in your email and walk in. No need to take printouts!
You must be at the attraction at least 15 minutes before the time mentioned on your ticket.
Cost of Sagrada Familia tickets
Sagrada Familia tickets are cheaper online than at the gates.
The Sagrada Familia Fast Track ticket costs €34 for adults aged 30 to 64, and for youth aged 11 to 29 years and students with valid IDs, it is priced at €31.
The tickets for seniors 65 years and above cost €27, while kids below ten years walk in for free.
More than 90% of the visitors to Sagrada Familia opt for Fast Track tickets – the cheapest and the most popular.
A guided tour to Sagrada Familia costs €50 for adults 11 years and above and €29 for kids between 4 and 10 years old.
Sagrada Familia discounts
Sagrada Familia offers several concessions on the Fast Track tickets, which come with an audio guide.
Adults aged 30 to 64 years pay the full ticket price of €34 for entry.
Tickets for visitors aged 11 to 29 and students with valid ID cards are priced at €31 – a discount of €3 per person.
Seniors aged 65 and above get a reduction of €7 and pay only €27 to enter Sagrada Familia.
Kids younger than ten get a 100% discount on their tickets and can enter for free.
Fast Track entry tickets
Sagrada Familia’s Fast Track tickets are the cheapest and most popular way to explore the Basilica.
Nine out of ten visitors to Sagrada Familia opt for Fast Track tickets, so you can’t go wrong.
These tickets help you save up to 90 minutes waiting in the ticketing counter queues and come with a world-class audio guide.
Fast Track tickets include access to Sagrada Familia and the Museum but not the Towers.
Kids under 10 enter for free, but you must add a free ticket during ticket purchase.
Adult ticket (30 to 64 years): €34
Seniors ticket (65+ years): €27
Youth ticket (11 to 29 years): €31
Student ticket (with valid ID): €31
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Guided tour of Sagrada Familia
When you book a guided tour of Sagrada Familia, a Gaudi expert takes you around Sagrada Familia.
Learning the rich history of the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and its creator Antoni Gaudi with a local expert will make your trip even more exciting.
After 90 minutes, the guided tour is over, and you can explore the Basilica for as long as you want.
This tour can have up to 30 tourists.
While the guide shows and explains the Nativity and Passion facades, you can’t go up the Nativity or the Passion Towers with these guided tour tickets.
Tourists who love to take photographs also opt for guided tours because the guides know the best photo spots.
Adult ticket (11+ years): €50
Child ticket (4 to 10 years): €29
Infant ticket (up to 3 years): Free entry
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If you prefer a guided tour with fewer participants, check out this Guided tour in English with a maximum of 20 tourists.
Guided tours of Sagrada Familia are also available in French, Spanish, German and Italian.
Sagrada Familia entry + Tower access
This ticket is the cheapest option if you want to go up one of the Towers (Nativity or Passion) besides exploring the Sagrada Basilica.
This is a self-guided ticket, so you explore everything by yourself.
It also gets you access to Museum Sagrada Familia in the semi-basement under the Passion facade.
These tickets are perfect if you love Gaudi and want to go up on one of the Towers but don’t want to spend too much on a guided tour of the Towers.
Visitors must take the lift up to the Tower and walk the stairs down.
Only children over six years can visit the towers, and an adult must accompany all kids under 16.
Tower ticket prices
Adult ticket (30 to 64 years): €47
Seniors ticket (65+ years): €40
Youth ticket (11 to 29 years): €44
Student ticket (with valid ID): €44
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Guided tour with Tower access
The guided tour of Sagrada Familia with Tower access is a highly rated experience.
A local expert guide takes you through Sagrada Familia interiors and up one of the Towers.
The Sagrada Familia guided Tower experience is two hours long, after which you can stay on for as long as you want.
If money isn’t a concern, we recommend you go for these Tower tickets because they offer a better experience.
Till early 2019, it was possible to choose the Tower you wanted to go up on – Nativity or Passion – but not anymore.
Only children over six years can visit the towers, and an adult must accompany all under 16 kids.
Guided Tower ticket prices
Adult ticket (11+ years): €62
Child ticket (6 to 10 years): €39
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Tip: If you are traveling during the non-peak season, you can book semi-private or private tours of Sagrada Towers.
Guided tour of Sagrada Familia and Park Guell
Some visitors combine two of the most impressive works by Gaudí in one tour by booking an expert to take them through both Sagrada Familia and Park Guell.
The tour starts at Park Güell, and after a break for lunch, the whole group moves to Sagrada Familia.
Transport between the attractions is included in the ticket.
All participants get a headset so that they can hear the guide better.
Adult ticket (11+ years): €82
Child ticket (4 to 10 years): €49
Infant ticket (up to 3 years): Free entry
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Want a hotel pick-up and drop included? Check out this guided tour of Park Guell and Sagrada Familia.
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The Gaudi Package includes Sagrada Familia and Park Guell tickets and a Barcelona Card. You get unlimited free travel for 72 hours on the metro, buses, trains, trams, and a 10% discount on future purchases.
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Visiting Sagrada Familia for free
Visitors who meet certain conditions can enter Sagrada Familia for free throughout the year. They are:
- Kids ten years and below
- People with a disability of 65% or more and their companion
- Visitors with Barcelona Press Card
- Unemployed people (on Wednesdays from 2 pm, with their unemployment ID)
Visitors can explore Sagrada Familia for free if they have bought a Barcelona City Pass.
Free entry for Mass
Visitors can attend Mass at the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia every Sunday.
If you don’t mind the religious sermon, this is a great way to step inside Antoni Gaudi’s Basilica for free.
However, visitors are expected to respect the gathering and the occasion and not take photographs or explore other parts of the Basilica.
Crazy but true: Heard of the man who built Sagrada Familia and 200+ other monuments with just toothpicks?
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Sagrada Familia audio guide
If you love to explore at your own pace, you should go for Sagrada Familia’s audio guide.
The audio guides come free with Sagrada Familia’s Fast Track tickets.
The routes in the audio guide explain the towers, the facades, and the insides of the Basilica.
The 45-minute-long audio guide is available in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, and Hungarian.
Kids below 12 years of age don’t get the audio guides.
Human guides are better than audio guides. If money is not an issue but experience matters, we recommend a guided tour of Sagrada Familia.
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How to reach Sagrada Familia
Sagrada Familia is at 401 Mallorca street, 08013 Barcelona, and public transport is the best way to get there. Directions
If the metro is your preferred option, board Line 2 (Purple) or Line 5 (Blue) and get down at the Sagrada Familia Metro station.
If you prefer to travel by bus, we recommend bus numbers 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20, and B24.
All of these buses stop at Sagrada Familia.
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Sagrada Familia entrance
Map Courtesy: Sagradafamilia.org
In the map above, you can spot three Sagrada Familia entrances:
- General Entrance, for regular tourists
- Group Entrance, for tour groups
- The Entrance for School kids
Follow the link to get directions to the General Entrance.
The ticketing window has been removed from the Sagrada Familia in 2021, and you can get tickets to the monument online. They are available two days in advance.
If you plan to visit both Sagrada Familia and Park Guell on the same day, find out how to travel between the attractions.
- Sagrada Familia to Park Guell
- Park Guell to Sagrada Familia
The Gaudi Package includes Sagrada Familia and Park Guell tickets and a Barcelona Card. You get unlimited free travel for 72 hours on the metro, buses, trains, trams, and a 10% discount on future purchases.
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Sagrada Familia hours
From Monday to Saturday, Sagrada Familia opens at 9 am, and on Sunday, it opens at 10.30 am. Its closing time depends on the season.
During the peak season of April to September, it closes at 8 pm, and in the shoulder months of March and October, it closes at 7 pm.
From November to February, Sagrada Familia closes at 6 pm.
|Nov to Feb||9 am||10. 30 am||6 pm|
|Mar||9 am||10.30 am||7 pm|
|Apr to Sep||9 am||10.30 am||8 pm|
|Oct||9 am||10.30 am||7 pm|
The last entry is always half an hour before closure.
On December 25, 26, and January 1 and 6, Sagrada Familia opens at 9 am and closes at 2 pm.
Note: The best time to visit Sagrada Familia depends on what you expect from your visit.
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How long does Sagrada Familia take
Most tourists explore Sagrada Familia in 90 minutes to two hours.
You need 45 minutes to walk around the Basilica and another 45 minutes to step inside Sagrada Familia and relish the stunning interiors.
If you decide to climb up one of the towers – Nativity tower or Passion tower – you will need 30 minutes more.
The best part is that there is no time limit on your Sagrada Familia visit.
Once inside, you can stay inside for as long as you want.
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How to avoid the crowd
Nobody likes to waste time in long lines while on holiday, but unfortunately, that happens at Sagrada Familia if you don’t plan.
Here are three sure-shot ways to avoid the Sagrada Familia crowd and save time and energy.
Buy Sagrada Familia tickets online
You stand in two queues when you visit Sagrada Familia – the first is at the ticketing counter (to buy entry tickets), and the second line is at the gates to enter Sagrada Familia.
Since Sagrada Familia is crowded throughout the year, such long lines are a daily feature at the ticketing counters. Image: Travelingturks.com
During high-season weekends, office holidays, etc., waiting time in these queues can go up to two hours.
Sagrada Familia tickets have the time of entry mentioned on them.
On a crowded day, after spending time in the ticketing queue, you can even get a ticket with the entrance time 2 hours later.
It is best to buy online tickets for Sagrada Familia – you get to skip the long lines, get your preferred time, and pay less.
Tourists stand in a waiting line to purchase Sagrada Familia tickets. You walk past these waiting lines when you buy online tickets – directly to the Sagrada Familia entrance. Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock.com
Once you purchase the tickets online, they get emailed to you.
And on the day of your visit, you can walk past the long lines at the ticketing counter, show your ticket on your mobile and enter Sagrada Familia.
Update: Post covid, for the time being, all Sagrada Familia tickets are sold online.
Get the time slot right
While booking Sagrada Familia tickets, most tourists opt for the ’round’ timings – 10 am, 10.30 am, 11 am, etc.
Thus, these slots get crowded, and around 200 tourists (the maximum number for every slot) reach the Basilica entrance.
Most tourists ignore the in-between time slots such as 9. 15 am, 9.45 am, 10.15 am, etc.
When you book your online tickets for such time slots, you will find a much smaller crowd ahead of you at the entrance queue.
It is also advised to book your tickets at either mid-morning or mid-to-late afternoon when direct sunshine streams in through the windows to see the effect of large stained-glass windows, a hidden masterpiece of Sagrada Familia.
Plan your visit on a Monday
Monday is not always bad news.
Mondays are perfect if you plan to beat the lines at Sagrada Familia.
Since most museums in Barcelona are not open on Mondays, tourists assume that Sagrada Familia won’t be open.
They don’t know that this Basilica stays open even when the whole of Spain closes down for Christmas and New Year celebrations.
Note: If nothing else works, check out these Sagrada Familia facts even as you wait in line.
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Sagrada Familia towers
Gaudi planned Sagrada Familia with 18 towers.
Twelve of these 18 towers represent the Apostles, and four represent Evangelists.
The Sagrada Familia tower with a star on the top represents Virgin Mary, and the tallest Tower of them all is for Jesus Christ.
This infographic explains the 18 Towers of Sagrada Familia, the Biblical figure they represent, and their respective location within the Basilica. Download Print Version
As of 2021, eight of the 18 planned towers are complete.
Four of these eight constructed towers are part of the Nativity facade, and four are part of the Passion facade.
A facade is a view that a few of a building’s towers combine and create for the viewer.
Only the Nativity facade view and Passion facade view are complete.
Once Sagrada Familia’s construction ends in 2026, it will have three facades – the Nativity facade, the Passion facade, and the Glory facade.
Visitors must purchase the Tower tickets to go up and see the facades.
Since these tickets are costlier, and the tower visit takes an additional half-hour, visitors wonder if climbing the Sagrada Familia towers is worth it.
Nativity facade or Passion facade?
Visitors can only go up to one of the towers with one ticket – Nativity or Passion.
Many tourists who have been up both towers think the Nativity facade is better than the Passion facade.
Guides who take tourists to the towers say they have seen similar reactions from visitors who went up either the Nativity Tower or the Passion Tower.
Earlier, visitors could decide which Sagrada Familia tower they wanted to visit, but not anymore.
Follow the link for a detailed explanation of the Nativity facade or Passion facade.
Unbelievable but true: Did you know that Sagrada Familia has been under construction for 136 years without a building permit?
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Sagrada Familia’s dress code
Since it is a Catholic church, Sagrada Familia has a strict dress code enforced by its staff.
Men must avoid hats unless they wear them for religious or health reasons.
While visiting the Sagrada Familia church, men and women must avoid see-through clothing, swimwear, etc.
The acceptable length for both shorts and skirts is at least mid-thigh.
Tops must cover the shoulders. Women must avoid plunging necklines, exposed backs, and bellies.
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Visiting Sagrada at night
Any time after 7 pm is excellent time for seeing the Basilica in its nighttime glory.
Late evening is also an excellent time to see the city of Barcelona from the Nativity facade.
While there is a certain amount of romance in visiting Sagrada Familia in the evening hours, we recommend you visit it during the day to see Antonio Gaudi’s intricate work on the exterior.
The Church gets lit up in all its grandiosity as the night falls.
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Sagrada Familia map
There are two ways to ensure you don’t miss anything at Sagrada Familia – book a guided tour, or keep a map of Sagrada Familia handy while exploring the Basilica.
You can either bookmark this page or print the map and carry it along on the day of your visit.
Sagrada Familia’s floor plan is also helpful in finding visitor services, audio guide stops, toilets, changing rooms, lifts, etc.
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Sagrada Família church is a place of worship and if you want to pray during your tour, visit the Chapel of the Eucharist in the ambulatory.
Besides this, you can always attend the international and special masses conducted regularly at Sagrada Familia.
These Masses are open to the public, and entry is free.
There are just a few spots available, so entry is on a first-come, first-served basis. For the Sunday service, arrive at the entrance in front of the Nativity Façade no later than 8:30 am, and for the Saturday service, arrive no later than 7:30 pm.
Throughout the year, there are additional church services held on special days. Visit the Sagrada Familia website for more details.
You must dress and conduct yourself properly when attending Mass.
The Archdiocese of Barcelona conducts the International Mass on Saturdays, Sundays, holy days of obligation, and the eve of holy days of obligation.
On Saturdays and the eve of holy days of obligation, the International Mass is at 8 pm.
On Sundays and holy days of obligation, the Mass is at 9 am.
You need to enter the Cathedral from the Nativity facade on Carrer de la Marina to attend this Mass.
At regular intervals, special Masses get conducted at Sagrada Familia Church.
Some of these special masses allow ticketed entry, and in some cases, attendance is by invitation only.
Keep track of special masses at Sagrada Familia here.
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Sagrada Familia Tickets Price – All you Need to Know 2023 (COVID-19 Updates)
Are you looking to find out about Sagrada Família ticket prices and how to get them? Well, you’ve come to the right place.
Here, we’ll break down how much Sagrada Familia tickets cost, who is eligible for discounts, how to skip the line, special combos including other attractions, and more!
The Sagrada Família is one of Spain’s most famous and popular attractions that you won’t want to miss out on. Getting your tickets will guarantee your entry into the basilica, and bring added benefits.
On this page, you will find a comprehensive guide to getting tickets for the Sagrada Família.
How much do Sagrada Família tickets cost?
There are a few options for buying tickets to Sagrada Família: you can purchase them directly using the QR codes situated around the basilica or you can opt to buy the tickets online or on the app, which we highly recommend.
You can go to the official Sagrada Família website where you will get an array of available ticket options and dates and times to choose from. Here are the Sagrada Família ticket prices and what they include.
1. Tickets with audioguided tour – visit the basilica at your own pace
With tickets bought online on the Sagrada Família app or website, you are guaranteed an included audioguide on the app and a set time for your visit — meaning no queues!
These tickets do not include a tower visit, but include an audio tour in 17 different languages, from English and Hungarian to Catalan and Finnish. An express audio tour lasts 25 minutes, while the full-length guide lasts 45 minutes. Once you have completed the audio tour, you have the freedom to explore the basilica on your own time.
The price of a ticket for Sagrada Família and the audioguide is €26 for an adult. Students and those under 30 years old will be able to pay a discounted rate of €24. Seniors can enjoy a further discount, with the ticket costing €21. Children under the age of 11 may enter for free, as may disabled persons and their companions. It must be noted that if there are two children under the age of 11, one adult ticket must be purchased.
- Sagrada Familia tickets with audioguide
2. Tickets with guided tour – gain insight into the basilica
If you’d like a more personal experience, you can instead opt to buy a ticket that includes a guided tour of the Basilica. You’ll be able to choose the time of your visit and the time of your tour. These tours last approximately 50 minutes, and are available in 6 different languages depending on the season. Language options include Catalan, English, French, Spanish, Italian and German.
After the guided tour, you’ll have the opportunity to continue discovering the basilica. Your guided tour ticket will also include the audioguide on the app should you wish to continue delving into the story of the Sagrada Família.
For Sagrada Família tickets that include a guided tour, the price is €30 for adults. Students and people under the age of 30 will pay a discounted rate of €28. A senior ticket costs €23, while children under the age of 11 will enter for free. Disabled persons can enter for free, but their companion will pay a ticket price of €4 for the services of a guided tour.
- Sagrada Familia tickets with guided tours
3. Tickets with access to the towers – views from the top
If you want to access the basilica towers and the incredible views from the top, you’ll have to buy a specific ticket. With these tickets, you will have the option of visiting one tower only, and you may choose to either visit the tower on the Nativity facade or the tower on the Passion facade.
You will also be able to choose what time you visit the towers. To reach the top of the towers you will be able to take a lift, but will then have to walk back down a set of stairs. The audioguide is also included in the ticket price, ensuring you don’t miss out on any valuable information.
The price of a Sagrada Família ticket that includes access to the towers is €36 for adults. Students and those under the age of 30 will pay €34 for a ticket. Children under the age of 11 will enter for free, and seniors can enjoy a discounted price of €28. Disabled persons can also enter for free, but their companions will pay €10 for a ticket.
- Sagrada Familia tickets with tower access
4. Tickets with guided tour and access to the towers
For a full experience of the basilica, you can opt to purchase a ticket that includes a visit to the tower as well as a guided tour.
With these tickets, you’ll be able to enjoy an informative 50-minute guided tour in one of 6 languages and access to either the tower on the Passion facade or the tower on the Nativity facade. The app audioguide is also included in the ticket, and you will have time to explore the basilica at your own leisure after the tour.
You’ll be able to choose the time of your tour and what time you enter the tower. Keep in mind that some slots may not be available for either and you may have to adjust your timings — making booking as early as possible essential to getting the times you want!
For a guided tour and tower visit to Sagrada Família, an adult ticket will cost €40. Students and people under the age of 30 will pay €38 for a ticket. Seniors will pay €32 for a ticket, while children under the age of 11 will be able to enter for free. Disabled individuals will also be able to enter for free, while their companions will have to purchase a ticket at a cost of €14.
5. Tickets to the Gaudí House Museum with Sagrada Família entry
If you’d like to gain a more intimate view into Antoni Gaudí’s life, you can also visit the Gaudí House Museum. This museum was the former home of Gaudí, and today displays some of the furniture and other objects he designed.
Tickets to the Gaudí House Museum can be purchased using QR codes located at the entrance to the museum in Park Güell. In order to enter the museum, you will also need a ticket to Park Güell.
The cost of a ticket to the Gaudí House Museum is €5.50 for an adult. Seniors, students, and people under the age of 30 will all enjoy a discounted rate of €4.50 for a ticket. Children under the age of 11 and disabled persons and their companions will enter for free.
You can also opt to buy a ticket that includes entry to both Sagrada Família and the Gaudí House Museum. Also included in the ticket is the audioguide of the basilica. A ticket to both Sagrada Família and the Gaudí House Museum will cost €30 for an adult. Students and people under the age of 30 will pay €28, while a senior ticket will cost €23. Children under the age of 11 and disabled persons and their companions will enter for free.
Who is eligible for discounts?
For tickets to the Sagrada Família, discounts are offered to a variety of people. To begin with, students and people under the age of 30 years old are offered discounts of €2 on every ticket. People with a Carnet Jove voucher can also receive a 50% discount if they book online.
Seniors are also offered discounted rates on their ticket prices, and holders of the Targeta Rosa will receive the same rates as seniors.
People with disabilities are able to access Sagrada Família and additional services for free, while their companions will enter Sagrada Família for free but pay for discounted tickets for access to the towers and a guided tour.
Children under the age of 11 years old get free entry to all the tickets that Sagrada Família could offer, meaning they would not pay for access to any part of the church. Large and single-parent families also have the option of receiving a discount of 50% on their tickets.
It is important to bring all supporting and relevant official documents which are requested for admittance at the entrance and are necessary for confirming your discounted tickets.
Is it possible to visit the Sagrada Familia for free?
If you are on a budget and you want to save on the entrance fee to Sagrada Família, it is possible to attend one of two mass options at the basilica.
International Mass in Sagrada Família: This is definitely the best way to visit the Sagrada Família if you want the free alternatives. The public can attend mass every Sunday morning starting at 9 AM and enter through the Carrer de La Marina. Please note that the basilica is very strict when it comes to matters of dress code, and the guards have the right to decline access if they feel that your clothes do not meet their expected guidelines.
It’s advised that you arrive for the mass a little bit early, approximately half an hour before, so that you can secure a great seat where you would have the best view of the basilica and the mass. Seats may fill up quickly, and you won’t want to miss out!
Special events: There are also some occasional special masses that are held within the basilica and are by invitation only. These special events are posted on the official website on the calendar of masses, and you’ll be able to check there for available invitations.
There are also other conditions under which people may enter the Sagrada Família for free.
People who are registered as unemployed in Spain can visit Sagrada Família for free on Wednesdays between 9 AM and 12 PM, but will have to pay €4 for a guided tour or €10 to visit the towers.
People who are members of religious orders are also able to enter the Sagrada Família for free, and are able to access all additional services for free on presentation of an official card.
Children under the age of 11 and people with disabilities and their companions are able to enter for free. Companions will have to pay fees for additional services such as guided tours and tower visits, at €4 and €10 respectively.
Members of ICOM are able to enter Sagrada Família for free, as are holders of a Barcelona Press Card. However, you will still have to pay €4 for a guided tour, or €10 to visit the towers.
If you wish to obtain a free ticket, you must book your tickets 48 hours in advance of the date of your desired visit.
What is included in the Sagrada Família ticket? What will you see?
The Sagrada Família is arguably the pinnacle of architecture in Barcelona. With construction having begun in 1882, the Sagrada Família is still a work in progress but is projected to become the tallest church building in the world. The full name of the basilica is Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Família, meaning Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family.
While it is a Roman Catholic church, Gaudí intended it to be open to all regardless of their creed or social standing. Since the building first began, the Sagrada Família has been entirely funded through private donations. Tickets to the Sagrada Família go towards these donations — meaning your purchase contributes to the creation of this monument of history!
The Sagrada Família has become a symbol not only of religious faith, but the city of Barcelona, making it one of Spain’s foremost attractions. Each year, it attracts over 4 million visitors! The Sagrada Família is undoubtedly a must-see on a visit to the country, and a ticket will get you entry into this fascinating and unique temple that was declared a basilica in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI.
Depending on your ticket type, you’ll be able to freely explore the interiors, see Gaudi’s tomb located in the basilica, take a lift to the top of one of the towers for incredible views, or enjoy an informative guided tour where tidbits of history will be shared with you.
Included in a basic ticket to Sagrada Família is a 25-45 minute audio tour — this will guide you through the basilica and provide valuable insight into what you are seeing. If you opt for a ticket including a guided tour, you’ll benefit from an approximately 50-minute tour by a guide who will share some of the secrets of Sagrada Família.
Alternatively, a tower ticket will get you access to the top of one of the towers on either the Passion facade or the Nativity facade. You can also combine a guided tour and tower access in one ticket.
During your time at Sagrada Família, these are some of the things you may see and learn about:
The life of Antoni Gaudí
On a visit to the Sagrada Família, you will become intimately familiar with the vision and work of Antoni Gaudí. The groundbreaking architect has become synonymous with Barcelona — his works, including on parts of the Basilica, have been inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Sagrada Família was in fact first commissioned by a local bookseller, but after disagreements with the original architect, Gaudí came on board. He spent over 40 years working on the basilica up until his death.
In the last years of his life, Gaudí was solely committed to Sagrada Família, becoming increasingly solitary and faithful. Gaudí knew he would not live to see the completion of Sagrada Família, but his influence on the building is undeniable.
The architectural style of Sagrada Família is utterly unique — while Gaudí was a leading figure in Catalan modernism, his distinctive architectural voice defies clear classification. The Sagrada Família reflects Gaudí’s deep connection to nature and incorporates largely organic forms and shapes that create a highly textural and fluid building.
Gaudí was so famously dedicated to the build of Sagrada Família that he even slept in the workshop. He became extremely modest in his later years of life, so much so that upon the tram accident that caused his death in 1926, he was mistaken for a beggar. His legacy lives on in his dazzling creations, and his impact was offered greater acknowledgment and recognition decades after his passing.
Tragically, after his death much of Gaudí’s original models of Sagrada Família were lost in the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s. This has fortunately not prevented the continuation of the build.
Gaudí’s passion for nature is most clearly seen on the Nativity facade — one section of Sagrada Família that was completed in Gaudí’s lifetime and that forms part of the World Heritage Site. The Nativity facade depicts Jesus’ early life, and is decorated in natural motifs and symbolism.
Take your time to view the details of this breathtaking facade, and uncover flowers, dragonflies, ducks, trees, bees and squirrels, among others. Imbued in the imagery are references to the Bible, carefully considered and beautifully rendered. Gaudí intended for the Sagrada Família to be a Bible in stone, and you can see it come to life on the Nativity facade.
Gaudí did not live to see the building of the Passion facade, as construction began in 1954 and was only completed in 2018. The Passion facade depicts the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It is designed to contrast the beauty and fluidity of the Nativity facade — the sculptures of the Passion facade are sparse, angular and intentionally frightening. These sculptures were created by the renowned sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, and are also deeply symbolic. The third facade, the Glory facade, will depict the glory of Jesus and is yet to be completed.
Sagrada Família towers
Today, you can take a lift to the top of the towers of either the Passion facade or the Nativity facade, giving you a profound appreciation for the magnitude of Sagrada Família as well as stunning views across the city of Barcelona.
The towers are a defining element of Sagrada Família, and 18 towers are intended to be built in the final building. Twelve of the towers represent the 12 apostles, four other towers symbolize the four Evangelists, with the remaining two representing the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ respectfully. Two of the towers of the Evangelists were completed in 2022.
The tower of the Virgin Mary was also completed in 2021 and is the second-tallest tower of the Sagrada Família, standing at 138 meters. It’s decorated with a bright start at the top, that lights up over the city at night. The tower of Jesus is expected to be 172 meters tall, making the Sagrada Família the tallest church building in the world.
It is, however, recommended that for people who are afraid of heights or claustrophobic consider giving the towers a skip. The towers are high up and the staircase to the bottom is fairly narrow.
Sagrada Família interiors
The interior of Sagrada Família is equally as breathtaking as its detailed facades. Inside, the pillars are symbolic of trees to create the impression of a forest. These pillars are a unique double-twist column designed by Gaudi specifically for Sagrada Familia.
With stained-glass windows surrounding the interior, the colors light up the basilica and are symbolic of different periods of the life of Jesus. These elements create an extraordinary, mystical and transcendant space, making Sagrada Família ideal for reflection and meditation.
Mass is frequently held in Sagrada Família, and may be a unique opportunity to experience the building in use as it was intended. Using the audioguide or on a guided tour, you will learn more about the details of the design of Sagrada Família. Afterwards you have time to explore at your own pace — and it’s recommended to spend between two to three hours immersing yourself in the basilica. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience such a sacred and grand space.
Hot tip: Read our complete guide about Sagrada Familia guided tours.
Gaudí House Museum
If you choose to include a stop at the Gaudí House Museum with your visit to Sagrada Família, you can expect to gain a more intimate view of Gaudí’s life. While the house was originally built to form part of the development of the Park Güell, Gaudí moved in in 1906 and lived there for 20 years.
He originally lived with his father and niece here until both of their deaths, and was thereafter taken care of by a community of nuns and friends. Later, he moved into the Sagrada Família while overseeing its construction.
Today, the Gaudí House Museum recreates the time Gaudí lived there, and also displays items of furniture and objects that he designed outside of his architectural pursuits. More of his drawings and artworks are also displayed on the walls.
Sagrada Família museum
Located in the Sagrada Família is a museum which exhibits some of the plans, models and sketches of the basilica. This museum will give visitors a comprehensive understanding of the history of Sagrada Família and Gaudí. While here, you can see the tomb of Gaudí, where “God’s architect” is buried within the protective walls of his masterpiece.
While the Sagrada Família was originally projected to be completed in 2026, which would equate to a hundred years since Gaudí’s death, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted these plans. As it continues to be built, you may only be able to access certain parts of the basilica at a time. But no matter which part you see, a ticket to Sagrada Família will ensure you have a phenomenal and once-in-a-lifetime experience being a part of history.
How do you book Sagrada Família tickets in advance? How do you skip the line?
The best way to skip the line and avoid unnecessary long queues at the basilica is by paying for your tickets in advance and booking them online. Use the authorized Sagrada Família website or app, which is the official place to get these tickets.
It is ideal to book Sagrada Família tickets in advance — with millions of visitors per year, tickets can sell out quickly, especially in the high season. Pre-booked tickets also means you’ll be able to choose what time you enter Sagrada Família. You are generally able to book your tickets through the online portals of Sagrada Família up to two months ahead of your desired visit.
You could also check with reseller websites or travel agencies for discounts or any offers that might save your ticket costs. Also, check out TourScanner for any deals that will save you on costs and time. Some last-minute tickets may be available with some of our partners as well.
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Can you cancel or modify your Sagrada Família tickets?
It should be noted that once you buy your Sagrada Família tickets, the tickets CANNOT be canceled or modified. When you book your tickets, you must be certain of the dates and times of your tickets as well as what type of tickets you are choosing.
If you are unable to use your Sagrada Família ticket, you may request a refund or ticket exchange 48 hours before the date of your visit with proof of the reason why you are unable to visit. This is only subject to unused tickets. It should also be noted that an exchange or refund is not always guaranteed and is subject to ticket availability.
Is the Sagrada Família ticket included in the Barcelona Pass?
Yes, a free skip-the-line ticket to the Sagrada Família is included in the Barcelona Pass! You can visit the Sagrada Família using the Barcelona Pass, as well as another of Gaudí’s famous attractions — the Park Güell.
The Barcelona Pass costs €86.50 and will get you fast-track entry into Sagrada Família, the museum inside the basilica, as well as access to the Sagrada Família app and audioguide.
The pass also includes access to hop-on hop-off bus tours and audio guides of the city, among discounts to notable museums and attractions in Barcelona.
You can also opt to purchase a Barcelona Pass that includes all of the above as well as access to one of the towers of Sagrada Família for €101.30.
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What are the Sagrada Família opening hours?
The opening hours of the Sagrada Família vary depending on the seasons and are as follows:
From November to February, Sagrada Família is open daily from Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM. On Sundays, it is open from 10:30 AM to 6 PM.
In March and October, Sagrada Família is open every day from Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 7 PM. On Sundays, it is open from 10:30 AM to 7 PM.
From April through September, Sagrada Família is open daily from Monday to Saturday from 9 AM to 8 PM. On Sundays, it is open from 10:30 AM to 8 PM.
Exceptional dates are Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Jan. 1 and Jan. 6 when Sagrada Família is open from 9 AM to 2 PM.
If there are special events taking place within the basilica, the opening times and dates may be altered, making it even more important to book your tickets in advance!
Avoid the crowds – when is the best time to visit the Sagrada Família?
The best time to visit Sagrada Família is in the early morning or late afternoon during the week. This is when the least amount of crowds will be at the basilica.
The late afternoon and evening are also fantastic times to see the light bring the basilica to life. The setting sun shines through the stained-glass windows of the Sagrada Família, creating an almost divine sight and an excellent photo opportunity!
When considering what time of year to visit Sagrada Família, it is typically most busy in the spring and summer seasons between April and September. We recommend planning your trip for the shoulder months to still catch good weather and avoid the high tourist season.
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What should you wear to visit Sagrada Família?
Sagrada Família is an important site of worship, and it’s paramount that you dress appropriately on your visit to the basilica. If what you are wearing is deemed inappropriate, you may be barred from entering or asked to leave.
Hats are not allowed to be worn inside except for specific religious or health reasons, and visitors are also not allowed to enter barefoot. It is requested that visitors wear bottoms that reach their mid-thigh, and refrain from wearing see-through clothing. Swimwear is also not allowed.
Visitors are also not allowed to wear festive items or adornments that are religious, artistic or attention-seeking for any particular reason.
Are there any combos available including Sagrada Família tickets and other attractions?
You can find many combo tickets with the Sagrada Família! Combo tours are very useful when you need to visit multiple sites in a day, but can also be an excellent way of receiving discounts. There are some excellent combo tour options for Sagrada Família that will expand and enhance your experience of the famous basilica!
You can check out the combo tours of Sagrada Família + Park Güell, or the tours of Sagrada Família + Montserrat, which are among the most interesting ones.
Sagrada Família + Park Güell
A combo tour of the Sagrada Família and Park Güell takes you to another of Gaudí’s creations, and is an excellent add-on to your tour of Sagrada Familia. Park Güell is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Barcelona’s most popular attractions.
Gaudí was commissioned by Eusebi Güell to develop an estate, and the park was constructed in the early 1900s. Initial plans to build a number of houses were abandoned, and the plot eventually became a park that continues to be enjoyed today for its fascinating elements.
The park consists of two main areas — the forested area which spans approximately 8 hectares, and the monument area covering about 12 hectares. There is one restricted area where you can only enter at specific times with your ticket in order to prevent overcrowding.
This is where you will see iconic features such as the Dragon Stairway and salamander sculpture, covered in a mosaic style advanced by Gaudí. The stairs lead to the Hypostyle Room, which consists of 86 columns and was originally intended as a space for a marketplace.
Overlooking the stairway is the Nature Square or Greek Theatre, with its dazzling mosaic balustrade. There are also two unique buildings, which served as a porter’s lodge and a porter’s residence respectfully.
Located on the grounds of Park Güell is the Gaudí House Museum. While this was originally a model house built to form part of the estate, it was later the home of Gaudí himself. The museum today features many of the furnishings and objects he designed.
You can get combo tickets for a guided tour of both Park Güell and Sagrada Família, giving you the opportunity to learn in-depth about Gaudí’s life and significant contributions to Catalan modernism. This is a unique way of appreciating how Gaudí shaped Barcelona.
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Sagrada Família + Montserrat
Journey from one place of faith to another on a combo tour of Sagrada Família and Montserrat. Montserrat is well-known as the location of a monastery that dates back hundreds of years. The Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey is a stunning monastery beneath the Montserrat mountains. It is also home to the Virgin of Montserrat statue, or Our Lady of Montserrat, a Black Madonna.
Montserrat is located just an hour outside of the city of Barcelona, and is easily accessible on a day trip. You even have the opportunity to take a cable car to the top for spectacular views of the mountain!
On a guided tour of the monastery, you can delve into its history, and visit the Holy Cave, a significant site of pilgrimage where the Virgin Mary was said to have appeared to shepherd children in the year 880.
At the monastery, you have the opportunity to see the Virgin of Montserrat. This sculpture depicts the Virgin Mary with an infant Jesus in her lap, and is a Romanesque piece that dates back to the 12th century, and is one of the Black Madonnas.
After spending time in the monastery you can roam the Montserrat museum or take a short hike along the mountain. Depending on your tour itinerary, you may even participate in a liquor tasting during the day.
Interestingly, Montserrat and Sagrada Família are not disparate. In fact, Gaudi was influenced by Montserrat in his designs of Sagrada Família. See if you can recognize the connection on your tour!
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Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Interesting facts, reviews, photos
Sagrada Familia (Sagrada Familia) is the most important work of Gaudí, which occupies a special place among the sights of Barcelona. If you do not see it, then you can say that you have not seen Barcelona! The Sagrada Familia is Gaudí’s unfinished work. Of all the sights in Barcelona, the Sagrada Familia is most often used as a symbol of the city. Symbolically, the appearance of this church has the same meaning as the Eiffel Tower for Paris. And this is the only attraction in Barcelona that is comparable to it in terms of the number of tourists who visit it.
Sagrada Familia impresses with its appearance in photographs. But when you see her “live”, she makes an even greater impression. Its size and shape are simply shocking. Especially when you consider that the tallest tower has not yet been completed.
It is also a must to visit Montjuic Park, which is located on the mountain of the same name. This mountain offers stunning views of the Sagrada Familia and all other attractions in Barcelona.
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Finding the Church is not difficult, it is located near the Sagrada Familia metro station. Bus stops around also bear this name. However, if you want to visit the cathedral, go inside, then you should book tickets in advance. During the tourist season, spring, summer and autumn, getting inside will be problematic. Tickets can be booked on the official website.
You can visit the cathedral individually. Prices for visitors up to 9 people are 32 euros per visit. For a group of 10 people, tickets will cost 27 euros for each.
Tip! Gather those willing to walk together to save money. But with a large influx of tourists, there may not be tickets. Buy tickets in advance through the official website. You can also buy tickets at the box office of the cathedral. But the lines are huge. And it is unlikely that you want to stand under the scorching sun for half a day. Spending your already short vacation.
When visiting with a teacher, the cost for students will be 9 euros. But special accreditation is required. The group should be no more than 18 people.
The visit includes an audio guide, available at the entrance in your preferred language.
A few more tips: book your visit through booking.com and you will get a discount. Usually you will be given a choice of visiting attractions. And if you make a hotel or hostel reservation through booking.com, you will simultaneously receive discounts on visits to about 40 attractions in Barcelona. But there is one subtlety here: the discount does not give the right to visit without having purchased tickets. That is, you must definitely buy tickets in advance to visit the Sagrada de Familia. And only then take advantage of the discount.
Interesting facts about the Sagrada Familia
It was not Gaudí who started building it, but Del Villar, in 1882. But a year later, having quarreled with the customer, this project was taken away from him and given to work by Antonio Gaudi. This fact played a big role in raising the prestige of the architect. And perhaps if he had not received an order for the design and construction of the Sagrada Familia, there would not have been any of his other significant works. Became, subsequently, the sights of Barcelona.
Gaudí worked on the Sagrada Familia for the rest of his life. Over 40 years! And during this time he managed to build several attractions for the city: Park Güell, Bale House, Casa Mila.
Gaudi decided not to continue the original project, but began to work on his own. Like all his works, it was a building unlike any other. Which was ambiguously perceived by the Catholic Church both then and now. Only in 2010, it was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI. And in this majestic temple it became possible to hold services. But he did not become the main cathedral of Barcelona, and perhaps he never will. Because this building is more of an architectural heritage. And it doesn’t have much religious significance.
Facades and exterior decoration of the cathedral
Sagrada Familia, according to the layout, was conceived in the form of a Latin Cross. 12 narrow towers elongated to the sky, according to the number of Apostles, were laid here. The tallest middle tower was erected in honor of Jesus Christ. On its top is a Cross. Its height reaches 170 meters. However, it should not exceed the height of Montjuic. Because Montjuic is considered the highest creation of God in Barcelona. Such details Gaudi thought through very carefully, because he was a very religious person.
Sagrada Familia has three facades dedicated to the life of Christ:
- Nativity facades;
- Resurrection of Christ;
- Passion of Christ.
Each of the facades, according to Gaudí’s plan, will be finished with sculptures and bas-reliefs on biblical themes. And each separately, should become a grandiose work of art, which is the facade of the Nativity of Christ. In its spiritual essence, for Gaudí, the work on the Sagrada Familia is much more than the work on a work of art.
Nativity facade, the only one completed during Gaudí’s lifetime. And the only one that is, for sure, the work of Gaudí. You need to remember this. During the construction, Gaudi personally supervised the creation of each element. He oversaw the scrupulous implementation of the decoration fragments. Up to the shocking facts about the removal of casts from animals and stillborn children, which are attributed to him. With their help, he created scenes of the murder of children by Herod.
Now the facade of the Passion of Christ is completely finished, and work is underway on the facade of the Resurrection. Modernity “worked” a lot on them … They hurried to please the growing tourism.
Sagrada Familia inside
The interior decoration of the Church harmoniously combines elements not previously used in the decoration of Catholic churches. But they are easily recognizable as inherent in the architectural style of Antonio Gaudi. These are parabolic arches and columns, shells and shells, stars on the ceiling… In the narrow domes there are “cut” spiral staircases, along which you can climb to the observation platforms. According to the architect, there should be five organs inside.
Sometimes he could work without a project at all, as in the construction of Casa Mila. In this case, the result entirely depended on the taste of Gaudí himself. It is clear that after the death of Antonio Gaudi, and with further construction, there will be no such approach to work. And, despite the involvement of eminent architects, they do not reach his level. The second Gaudi, yet, is not and will not be.
Construction of this Barcelona landmark is now in full swing, and according to some estimates, should be completed in 30 years. Just think, Gaudi, when he began construction, in 1883, planned to finish work on the Sagrada Familia in 18 years, that is, by 1901! The construction of the Church of the Holy Family continued throughout the 20th century, and is not yet finished! Is there another one in the world, such a long-term construction? In addition, in 1936, a civil war broke out in the country. The work was postponed indefinitely. On top of all the misfortunes, the fire that happened destroyed all the drawings of the great master Gaudi.
Is it worth it to go inside the Sagrada de Familia
Of course, the interior of the cathedral is striking in its grandeur. Looking up, you will be breathtaking from all this splendor. But if you have already been to similar cathedrals and do not want to spend the whole day in a crowd of people, then you can refrain from visiting inside. We visited in winter. It was pretty dark, boring and crowded. It is impossible to take a photo. Every now and then other tourists get into the frame. You won’t get good pictures inside. So if it is a pity to spend 32 euros for each, then it is better to see the cathedral from the outside. And so enough impressions! However, this is everyone’s business. And advice here to give is not entirely appropriate.
Against all odds, Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s great creation and Barcelona’s main attraction. which has become the symbol of this city. And, as the work is completed, it will attract more and more tourists.
Sagrada Familia: information for visitors
Sagrada Familia is the dream of the great architect Gaudí. Perhaps there is not a single person who would not be delighted with the sight of one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The national symbol of Spain, of course, is also the most popular attraction in Barcelona.
We’ll tell you a little about the Sagrada Familia, as well as give useful tips on where to buy tickets and how not to spend your entire vacation in queues.
! If you fundamentally do not go to the world’s top attractions or think that “looked outside and that’s enough”, then go to the sinister and attractive district of Raval . The House of Mercy, the “Mirror of Barcelona”, the orphanage for abandoned children, the dwelling of a vampire and other wonders of the quarter, which you can immediately tell in your stories. Or just relax at alcoholure .
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Location and how to get there
Sagrada Familia or Sagrada Familia, full name: Sagrada Familia is a church under construction in Barcelona, in the Eixample district.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona. View on Google Maps.
Official website sagradafamilia.org
The temple is located in the center of the city and the easiest way to reach it is by public transport. The metro and bus stop Placa de la Sagrada Familia is located next to the Sagrada Familia.
- metro : lines L2 (lilac line), L5 (blue)
- buses : 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 and B24
- April – September: from 9:00 to 20:00.
- November – February: from 9:00 to 18:00.
- March and October: from 9:00 to 19:00.
- December 25 and 26, January 1 and 6: from 9:00 to 14:00.
Ticket sales close at the box office 30 minutes before closing time.
Hours and days of work may be changed in exceptional cases in case of special events inside the temple.
- Basic ticket – €20 (entitles you to pass 2 hours before closing ),
- Standard with audio guide – €26
- Standard with audio guide + tower climb – €33
Students (according to ISIC cards) and pensioners from 65 years old – a few euros discount, children under 11 years old – free of charge.
Plan a visit for 3-4 hours with the ascent to the tower.
Tickets online and skip the line
The Sagrada Familia is the number one attraction in Barcelona. Guess where all the tourists go, even before they’ve had paella? That’s right, take the queue at the cash desk of the Sagrada Familia. Where they stand in the summer in the heat of +45 for several hours.
Therefore, if there is nothing to do, you can join them. If you still want to spend your time in Barcelona on other entertainment, buy online tickets in advance!
Please note that during the high season tickets sell out very quickly and well in advance of the visit. We recommend buying tickets to the Sagrada Familia immediately after the tickets to Barcelona.
You can buy online tickets in several places:
- on the official website sagradafamilia.org
Choose the type of ticket – we need everything, including the tower, right? Then, in the calendar, indicate the date and, most importantly, the time for which you are signing up. You specify two times – for entering the temple and for climbing the tower. It is not necessary to print the ticket, it will be enough to present it on the phone screen.
If there are no tickets for the desired date or it is very difficult to understand, you can do it through official agents (websites in Russian):
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You can buy in advance not only tickets to the Sagrada Familia, but also to other top places in Barcelona: Montjuic cable car, Barcelona Aquarium, Tibidabo amusement park.
The main thing about the Sagrada Famlia
The construction of the Sagrada Famlia began in 1882, unfortunately it has not yet been completed. Construction is planned to be completed by 2026, but unfortunately it is impossible to predict what might happen …
The creator of the Sagrada Famlia is Antoni Gaudí, the author of many other famous monuments such as Parc Güell or La Casa Batlló. Some of the works designed by Gaudí are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In addition, the Sagrada Famlia was one of the candidates for the New Seven Wonders of the World.
The interiors of the temple are impressive. Lots of architectural details, natural light. The height of the building and its shape is breathtaking. The same applies to external facades. When completed, the church’s tallest towers are expected to be 172 meters high, making the Sagrada the tallest temple in the world. The temple currently has 8 towers and is expected to eventually have 18.
Each of the facades of the temple has its own name, and of course, it symbolizes something. The most important of these, the birth façade, represents the birth and childhood of Jesus Christ. It consists of three portals – Faith, Hope and Love. It is this façade that attracts the most interest. It is full of all sorts of details, symbols, sculptures that look like they are made of wet sand.
The main entrance to the temple is located at the front of the Passion of Christ.
The façade was completed relatively recently, at 1990 year. It is located on the opposite side of the Nativity façade and is completely different in style from it. Its creator is another architect, J. Subirachs.
The history of the Sagrada Famlia began when Josep Maria Bocabella, on a pilgrimage to Rome, decided to devote himself to spreading Christian values, which, in his opinion, found a place in the life of the Holy Family. To this end, Bocabella founded the Association of Friends of St. Jozef and began to raise funds for the construction of the church.
Originally, a neo-gothic temple was to be built in Barcelona, not too different from other churches built at that time. Nevertheless, misunderstandings with the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar forced the Sagrada to entrust the work to Gaudí. Over the years, the church’s vision of what a temple should look like matured in a young artist who didn’t devote too much time to it. Only years later Sagrada Famlia became his life’s work.
The concept of the temple changed dramatically when Gaudí turned to ancient art, looking for inspiration in Catalan Gothic and medieval symbolism. But this is not the end – the temple was supposed to be one living organism, and its elements belonged to nature. Each of them was created separately and could not be identical.
Sagrada, as the personification of nature – the greatest work of God – contains symbols related to the four “kingdoms”:
- plants (stone forest of columns),
- animals (decoration),
- minerals (stained glass),
- man (sculptures and columns symbolizing ribs).
All 18 towers of different heights symbolize:
- 12 apostles,
- 4 evangelists,
- and the other two are Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary.
Why is the temple still not completed?
The problem with the construction of the temple, which has not yet been completed, is due to several reasons. First, Gaudí did not consult or share ideas with his students. Therefore, when his office and notes were destroyed by the Catalan anarchists, all the sketches of the architect were lost.
Secondly, according to Gaudí’s wish, money for the construction of the church can only come from donations. Sagrada cannot be funded by the state. Thirdly, the continuation of construction causes a lot of controversy. It is noteworthy that her new elements are slightly different (for example, in color) from Gaudi’s view, although the artist himself believed that the temple could be given a style that his followers would like.
Nowadays, computers are used to recreate the vision of a great architect. Completion is scheduled for 2026, the 100th anniversary of the death of its chief architect. In 2005, elements of the church created by Gaudí were included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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