Surrounded by gift shops, restaurants and hotels, the Sagrada Familia is quite possibly the most incredible church in Spain. Incomplete before designer Antonio Guadi died, it remains yet another triumphant addition to this talented architect's portfolio. Construction on the church began in 1882 and was left incomplete in 1926, when Guadi met his end in a streetcar accident. He is buried in the crypt below the temple. A leader in the Art Nouveau tradition, Gaudi chose to design the church as expressionistic (much like the Eiffel tower in Paris).
Many visitors to Barcelona seek a hotel near Sagrada Familia in order to have easy access to this monument. If you’re among these revelers, perhaps you’d like to stay in Eric Vökel BCN Suites Barcelona. These stylish 4-star apartments feature innovative design and excellent facilities. Alternatively, Hotel Sagrada Familia is a more affordable 3-star hotel close to the church. This modern mid-range hotel has a rooftop terrace with great views over the city.
If you have a generous budget to spend on Barcelona accommodation, you may like to book a room at Ayre Hotel Rosellon. This is a modern 4-star hotel with a rooftop terrace from where you can bask in breathtaking views of the Sagrada Familia.
The ‘Church of the Holy Family’ is a prominent feature of Gaudi's legacy, and is a major tourist attraction of the city as well as being a functioning religious building. Services are held regularly, and tours are available for free for some children's groups. Paid tours held daily and one can request a group guided tour, or for a little more cash, you can go on an individual tour with one of the guides - well worth the extra money for the individual attention. From the main entrance, you’ll see the nativity façade off to the right, and the passion façade to the left.
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