Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
Of course you didn’t think I was going to travel all the way to Barcelona without visiting La Sagrada Familia. As one of the most visited monuments in Spain it’s a major tourist attraction and a nightmare of people during the summer months, but I had to see this historic church with my own eyes.
Planning ahead for our visit was key as you get to avoid the long line! Waiting in long lines for hours is not my idea of a good time. So I did as any well-researched blogger would do, I bought our entrance tickets online ahead of time! Brilliant! When you purchase your entrance tickets to La Sagrada Familia online you are given the option of different time slots to visit the church and also the option to go up one of the churches towers, so of course we did both!
As we exited the metro, we were immediately overwhelmed by the amount of people and the many crowds. I was also a bit concerned with the very long line of people that wrapped around the church. But since we bought our tickets ahead of time there had to be another line, right? It seemed only right. Our intuitions were correct, we didn’t have to wait in line, all we needed to do was show our ticket receipts from our iPhone and we were in!
Before you even step foot in this massive church, you immediately witness what all the fuss is about. La Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882 and estimated to be completed between 2026 – 2028. It’s an immense undertaking that has seen many architects, from the first Francisco de Paula del Villar to the most known Antoni Gaudí and now Jordi Faulí i Oller. Hopefully this sheds light into this monument’s significance to Barcelona and it’s country. Our photos reveal some of the unfinished details, such as the stained-glass windows, details in the ceiling and pillars and obviously the exterior.
La Sagrada Família is symbolic of the lifetime of Christ, throughout the church are depictions of important moments in Catholic history and everything in the church is rooted in symbolism from the Spires (when completed will be a total of 18), the three entrances, towers, every carving and every detail.
The grad city views are from the top of the towers, which are accessible by elevator. The tower experience also provides an option to take its spiral staircase down, which is what we did. Overall, the visit this historic monument was breathtaking!
Check out my last post to see the outfit I wore for this day, An Outfit for Exploring the City of Barcelona.
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Gorgeous photos by: @peterlang