Without any doubt, the main symbol of Barcelona city is the magnificent temple of the Sagrada Familia, designed by the renowned Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi, in construction since 1882.

If you come to spend Easter Week in Barcelona, one of the things you can do is go to the temple of the Sagrada Familia, which was consecrated in 2010 as a Minor Basilica by Pope Benedict XVI. Although there is not much information available on the Events at Sagrada Familia temple, we have found that on Palm Sunday April 17th there will be a mass at Sagrada Familia in Barcelona at 11:00 am. We cannot think in a more representative church for attending a Mass on Easter in Barcelona, than Sagrada Familia. We also recommend to make a visit to Sagrada Familia facilities and climb the towers (there’s an elevator, so don’t panic!), as you cannot do this if you’re attending only to a mass.

Sagrada Familia is located in the Eixample district, where you’ll find the best modernist works in town. La Sagrada Familia stands majestic as the Queen in the middle of the city of Barcelona, without any rivals to overshadow its beauty. If you want to skipe the line, you can already book your ticket online to visit the Sagrada Familia.

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Sagrada Familia. Photo by kevinpoh in flickr

La Sagrada Familia is still under construction, it is estimated to be completed in the first third of the XXI century. One can only imagine how awesome it will be the temple when completed, if right now it is so great.

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View of Sagrada Familia towers.
Photo by Eduardo Casal

La Sagrada Familia is an icon of modernist architecture in Barcelona and global reference for architecture. In fact, it is the most visited monument in Spain, receiving nearly 3 million visitors a year. If you come to Barcelona, ??this is the kind of things you cannot miss.

Facts about the architecture of Sagrada Familia temple in Barcelona:

  • When completed, Sagrada Familia temple is going to have 18 towers. The 12 lower towers symbolize the Apostles (the 8 towers already built belong to this group), 4 slightly higher towers will represent the evangelists, one higher will represent the Virgin Mary and the highest of all, topped with a cross, will be representing Jesus.
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This is how Sagrada Familia will look like when finished.
Photo by ctsnow in flickr
  • The Facade of the Nativity was the only one built completely while Gaudi was alive, in fact we can see that this is the oldest part of the building because the stone is darker on this side. This is one of the side entrances to the church (located just in front of at the Plaza Gaudi) and there you’ll see the representation magnificent nature and the begins of the life. This is our favorite facade nowadays.
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Nativity Facade lit. Photo by skpy in flickr
  • Gaudi was aware that he was not going to finish this ambitious project in life, so he planned his work could be carried out by different generations. In fact, he gave instructions for building each party independently, so they were marked by the distinctive architectural styles of each generation.
  • The project was designed with pure geometric forms and Gaudi made very clear the relationship between them, so it could be interpreted by those who continue to build the temple.
  • Sagrada Familia is an “expiatory temple” because it is built solely from donations.
  • Antonio Gaudi disliked straight lines, as there are no straight lines in nature. Thus, the columns of the Sagrada Familia exclude straight lines.
  • The columns in Sagrada Familia are built tree-shaped, to better distribute the weight and to avoid using external support elements in the building.
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Tree shaped columns at Sagrada Familia temple in Barcelona.
Photo by Gabriela Angulo
  • Antonio Gaudi was run over by a tram at the intersection of the streets Bailen and Gran Via and died on June 10, 1926 in Barcelona. His body was buried in the chapel of Carmen at Sagrada Familia temple.
  • In July 1936, during the Spanish Civil War, there was an awful vandalist act at La Sagrada Familia temple, which included fires in the crypt and destruction of models and plans for the construction. However, la Sagrada Familia continues to be build following the idea proposed by Gaudi.

Accommodation nearby Sagrada Familia in Barcelona:

If you come to visit the city of Barcelona, it ??is a good idea to stay in apartments in the Sagrada Familia. The neighborhood of the Sagrada Familia is a residential area, which is very well connected to the rest of the city by public transport, both metro and buses, is quite safe and you can find bars and restaurants, even has the particularity thta you can find here that almost all known fast food chains in Spain, such as Mc Donald’s, Subway, Domino’s Pizza, Starbucks, KFC and Subway. We recommend the Michael Collins Irish pub, one of the best bars in Barcelona to watch football and drink a beer or listen to good music, and if you are in the mood for a pizza, go to La Piazzenza restaurant (Gaudi Avenue 27).

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