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).
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.
Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain
Open hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Phone: +34 935 13 20 60
Architects: Antoni Gaudí, Mark Burry
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