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Basilica de la Sagrada Familia aka Sagrada Familia
- a large unfinished Roman Catholic minor basilica in Barcelona, Catalonia Spain
- #1 Tourist attraction in Barcelona
Designed by: Catalan Architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926)
On March 19, 1882, construction first began by first architect Francisco de Paula del Villar until a year later he resigned and Antoni Gaudi took over as chief architect.
Gaudi’s Architectural Style: Combination of Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau
Upon his death in 1926, he was buried under a crypt and only a quarter of the project was completed.
Solely relying on private donations, construction progress slowly, but was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. In 1936, revolutionaries set fire to the crypt partially destroying Gaudi’s plans, drawings, and plaster molds. It took 16 years to piece together.
Construction resumed in the 1950s and with new technology, construction has since enabled faster progress past the midpoint in 2010. It’s anticipated the building will be complete by 2026, the centennial death of Gaudi.
Every Sunday and holiday Mass takes place in the basilica.
With a nominal fee, guided tours are available inside the building and towers.
TOP Tourist Attractions in Barcelona
- #1 Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia
- #2 Gaudi’s Park Guell
- #3 Gaudi’s Casa Mila
- #4 City Sightseeing Hop on Hop off Bus
- #5 Le Boqueria
- #6 La Rambla Walk
- #7 Gaudi’s Casa Ballito
- #8 Montserrat Day Tour
- #9 Gothic Quarter
- #10 Placa de Catalunya