Sagrada Familia is the most famous landmark of Barcelona. The construction of the church began in 1882 and expected to be completed in 2026 after nearly 150 years in construction. Sagrada Familia is a testimony to the architectural genius of Antonio Gaudí, the famed Catalan architect most associated with Modernisme architecture.
Sagrada Familia Interesting Facts
Gaudi was not the original architect
Sagrada Familia was designed to be a traditional Latin church under the stewardship of architect Francisco del Villar. However, the town council soon entrusted the work to Gaudi, who dedicated 42 years of his life to the temple. During his lifetime only Nativity facade was completed with other towers still under construction.
As per the design, Sagrada Familia is to have three facades. The first one, the Nativity facade is dedicated to the birth of Jesus and faces east. The second one, the Passion facade is dedicated to the suffering of Christ during his crucifixion. The third one is the Glory facade, dedicated to the glory of Jesus Christ. Glory facade is still under construction. It is dedicated to the glory of Jesus and the road to reach God going through death, final judgment and glory.
There are presently one eight towers; four on the Nativity facade and four on the Passion facade. When complete, Sagrada Familia will have 18 towers.
Today, you can visit towers on the two constructed facades. A common question by visitors is Which tower to climb in Sagrada Familia?
Funded by Charity
Since its inception in 1882 the construction of the Sagrada Familia has been financed by the donations and contributions of thousands of people over the years. It has not been funded by the state at all.
Place of Worship
Pope Benedict XVI consecrated, the Sagrada Familia, as a basilica in the year 2010. In the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament and Penitence, is a space specially reserved for worship and contemplation.
In Gaudi’s Own words
Gaudi once said, Sagrada Familia was an expression of "the divine history of the salvation of man through Christ incarnate, given to the world by the Virgin Mary".