Visit to the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona: How to get there, prices and advice

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La Sagrada Familia is without a doubt the best work of Antoni Gaudí, but an architectural masterpiece, and it is no wonder that thousands of people want to visit it every day. A mandatory stop for anyone visiting Barcelona, ​​the building is only a very small part of what Gaudì should have done: this makes it an inexhaustible well of history.

Index

  1. Where is it and how to get there
  2. Hours and prices
  3. Tours, guided tours and tickets online
  4. What to see and how to visit the Sagrada Familia
  5. Useful tips for visiting the attraction
  6. Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
  7. User questions and comments

Where is it and how to get there

  • On foot: Carrer de Mallorca, 401 - Get directions
  • By bus: the blue line of the Tourist Bus has a stop near the basilica
  • By metro: Line II (purple line) and Line V (blue line) Sagrada Familia station
  • How to get there from the pier: take the PortBus shuttle that will take you to Mirador de Colom, from there walk a few minutes until you reach the L3 metro stop "Drassanes", take it and get off at Diagonal to change to the blue L5 line and get off at Sagrada Familia

Hours and prices

  • From October to March from 9:00 to 18:30, From April to September from 9:00 to 20:00. Closed on the afternoon of December 25th, January 1st and 6th. From October 2017 it is possible to attend the international mass every Sunday morning. Mass starts at 9:00 but the doors open already at 8:30, given the limited places. The entrance is from the Carrer Marina side, and you must be dressed appropriately.
  • Best time to avoid queues: there are almost always queues. It's best to take advantage of dead times, like lunchtime or warmer hours, and people prefer not to stand in line. Alternatively, buy the ticket with a skip the line option
  • € 18,00 admission only. € 29,00 including tower and audio guide for adults, € 27,00 for students and children under 30, € 22,00 for the disabled, free for children under 11
  • Reductions: children up to 30 years and students € 16,00, people over 65 € 14,00
  • Free: disabled + guide, children from 0 to 11 years

Tours, guided tours and tickets online

What to see and how to visit the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia is a very complex architectural work, and must therefore be visited in a certain way. After admiring this architectural marvel in its entirety, that is from afar, it is good to pay particular attention to the facade of the Nativity: the cave at the entrance, containing sculptures that evoke the most tragic events in the life of Jesus.
Visit the interior of the cathedral it is equivalent to wandering around in a wood, made up of very high columns; the effect was wanted by Gaudi, in order to demonstrate the greatness of God.
The visit itself shouldn't take more than an hour, as some areas are still closed due to construction.

Under the church there is a large crypt and the Gaudi Museum, which contains the drawings of the original projects, photographs, sketches, models, etc. .. In the event that the appropriate ticket has been purchased, it is then possible take the elevator to visit the open towers. From here you can enjoy not only a splendid panorama, but also the opportunity to closely observe the details and manufacture of the other towers.
For the descent there is no use of the lift therefore, it will be necessary to prepare to walk a long, sinuous and beautiful spiral staircase.





Useful tips for visiting the attraction

  1. Get up early: arriving before opening time is perhaps the ideal solution to avoid queues. It is recommended to avoid weekends and holidays as the influx of visitors is massive and queues for miles.
  2. Buy the city card: The Barcelona City Pass combines the major attractions of Barcelona in one ticket. There is no need to print the ticket, just show it on your mobile phone display.
  3. Buy a priority ticket: you can buy the fast-track ticket online, which allows you to skip the line.
  4. Dress appropriately: although it is a consecrated church it is not compulsory to cover shoulders and legs; this does not mean, however, that one can enter with clothing that can be offensive to the church. In particular, you will not be allowed to enter the areas designated for prayer with shorts or vests.
  5. Watch out for restrictions: entry to the towers with children and under the age of six is ​​forbidden.
  6. Dedicate the right time to visit: the recommended time to enjoy the church both from the outside and from the inside is at least two hours.
  7. Choose a guided tour: as everyone knows, the Sagrada Familia is full of meanings and secrets and small details: it is really worth booking a guided tour that will tell you everything. If the budget doesn't allow you to take part in a tour with a real guide, there is the option of the visit with audio guide which costs less and is still interesting even if you will not have the opportunity to ask questions.

Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief

The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família or simply Sagrada Família, is a Catholic basilica designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí. The works began in 1882 following a neo-Gothic style, but when Gaudí took over as designer of the work, that is, in 1883, he completely redesigned it.

The architect worked on the work for forty years, but he could only see the facade of the Navità and the tower of San Barnaba completed: he died overwhelmed by a tram in 1926. Gaudí designed the interior of the Sagrada Familia as if it were the structure of a forest, with columns in the shape of trees that divide to form branches that support the structure.

The columns are inclined so as to best receive the pressure perpendicular to their section, and are made in a helical shape with a double helix, like the branches and trunks of trees.




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