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Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia, meaning the Holy Family in Spanish, is considered  to be the most modernist church in the world. Sagrada Familia, with its  stunning interior construction, has become a symbol of Barcelona,  reflecting the splendor of Catalonia. Being the most visited attraction  in Spain, it surely is worth visiting it. The columns that hold the  internal structure of the basilica are designed as branches of trees.  When you walk through the columns, you feel like you are moving through a  forest.

The towers of the Sagrada Familia can be visited as well.  However, the entrance tickets to the towers of the Sagrada Famila are  different from the main entrance. It is recommended to book the tickets  ahead cause they sell out very fast. From the top of the towers, an amazing view over the entire city of Barcelona can be seen.

The Sagrada Familia is one of the most iconic sights in the whole of Barcelona, and despite the fact that it is still unfinished,  construction continues to this very day. From humble beginnings, the  imposing church has grown to its impressive height witnessed today by  millions of visitors every single year. It is thought that the building  is almost 70% finished, and work is currently ongoing on the six towers  in the centre. The beginnings of the Sagrada Familia can be dated back  to around 1866, with the very first stone towards construction laid on  19 March 1882. The architect is of course the world famous Antoni Gaudi,  known for his iconic style and alternative designs. For this reason,  the Sagrada Familia looks totally different compared to any other church  or cathedral you will see on the planet.

The huge popularity of the Sagrada Familia means that queues are likely at any time of the year, so  getting online tickets to skip the line is the only way to not wait for  hours.The Sagrada Familia is without a doubt one of the most  impressive and popular places to visit in Barcelona, and it is the  building which everyone thinks of when they picture the city. Still  unfinished, yet highly impressive, the Sagrada Familia has a real  fairy-tale and gothic feel to it when you set eyes on it, with huge towers shooting high into the sky, and jaw-dropping detail on the outer  facades.

You don’t need to be an architecture fan to be able to  appreciate the wonder of this church, and the backdrop of green trees,  and of course that blue Barcelona sky, really add to the photogenic  nature of this site. Gaudi was very aware that a construction of this scale was going to last years, centuries even, which is why the outer  and front sections were first to be constructed. It was hoped that the  sheer wonder of the starting point of construction would encourage  building to continue throughout the decades and centuries to come. It  worked! One of the most impressive parts of the building is the Nativity  Facade. This was built from 1894 to 1930, and was the only facade of  the church to be completed before Gaudi’s death. The façade represents hope, faith, and charity, as well as the Door of Jesus and the Tree of  Life.

There are also four separate bell towers which are dedicated to  four saints, St Matthew, St Jude, St Simon, and St Barnabas. The Passion  façade is another very popular section of the church, completed in  1976. As this was after Gaudi’s death, the building was guided by his  detailed drawings. The overall feel is extravagant and detailed. The  façade of Glory is still under heavy construction, and construction  began only in 2002. This section is dedicated to the glory of Jesus, and  there are to be four more bellow towers, dedicated to a further four  saints. The interior of the Sagrada Familia is truly mind-blowing, with a  huge religious significance which is based mainly on the Gospels as  well as the book of the apocalypse. The arches, the keystones, the main  vault, the stained glass windows, the naves, it is all designed to be  one of the most opulent of its kind and it certainly is. A visit to  Barcelona is certainly not complete without a visit to the Sagrada  Familia.