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La Sagrada Família, {CATEGORY}

Gaudí began this utterly surreal temple in 1882 and it is still under construction. It was originally intended to be a modest, neo-Gothic church, but it has become the most famous building in Barcelona. Gaudí broke away from the reigning neo-Gothic style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and imbued every element of the Sagrada Família with symbolic meaning. Turtles form the base of columns (the Chinese symbol of order within chaos) and the pillars are palm trees. The most outstanding feature of this building is its baroque style, plus the mixture of colors and the diversity of materials used (plaster, ceramics, mosaic, iron and many types of stone).

Practical Information

Address: Plaça de la Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, CT 08013

City: Barcelona

Country: Spain

Phone 1: +34 93 285 3843

Email: informacio@sagradafamilia.org

Opening hours: Oct-Mar 9am-6pm. Apr-Sept 9am-8pm. Dec 25-26, Jan 1 and 6 9am-2pm

Entrance fee: Admission 11€ ($14) adults, 9€ ($12) students, groups (20+), seniors, children 12-18, guide/audio guide 3€ ($3.75), elevator to the top (about 60m/197 ft.) 2€ ($2.50)

Access by subway: Metro Verdaguer or Sagrada Família

Hotels nearby

94 yd - Kaktus Playa Hotel

The Kaktus Playa Hotel is located in Calella making it one of the best hotels to stay at while in town.This 3-star property offers travelers a choice of 249 pleasant rooms that are equipped with the Read morestandard amenities of hotels in its class.Each guestroom is fully equipped with television, in room safe, hair dryer, bathtub.Services and amenities available for guests at this Calella accommodation consist of bar/pub, elevator, shops, restaurant.For a more enjoyable stay, guests can take advantage of a variety of recreational facilities, including jacuzzi, indoor pool, gym.The hotel creates a balance of rich culture and modern convinience to ensure you a memorable stay. To make your reservation at the Kaktus Playa Hotel quick and easy, please select your preferred dates of stay and proceed with our secure online booking form.Hide

130 yd - Apartamento Casa Tortilla Barcelona

The Apartamento Casa Tortilla Barcelona is a {stars} Family establishment has all the comforts such as : n.a..It is situated at Carrer del Rosselló, nº 425 1º3ª in the north-east section of BarcelonaRead more, at only 5 minutes by car distance from the center.Nearby the hotel you can visit several monuments: Templo de la Sagrada Familia, La Pedrera Casa Mila, Casa Calvet, Casa Batllo, Casa Vicens, Catedral Barcelona.You can reach El Prat in 29 minutes by car (the airport is 9 miles from the hotel).Other useful information:Take advantage of Parque Guell (1 miles), Parc de La Ciutadella (1 miles) just next to the hotel.The metro Joanic is 10 minutes minutes away.Hide

139 yd - Ayre Hotel Rosellón

The Ayre Hotel Rosellon is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to Barcelona. With the guests' convenience in mind, each of the 105 guestrooms at the hotel is well designed and fullyRead more equipped to cater to the demands of corporate and holiday travelers looking for unique accommodation in Barcelona. The guestrooms are equipped with air conditioning, internet access – wireless, hair dryer, mini bar. This Barcelona accommodation features on-site facilities such as room service, restaurant, meeting facilities. With elegant facilities and hospitality, guests at this hotel will surely have an impressive stay. To proceed with your booking at the Ayre Hotel Rosellon, simply choose your travel dates and fill in our secure online booking form.Hide

139 yd - Barcelona4Seasons - Sagrada Familia

The MH Apartments Sagrada Familia is perfectly located for both business and leisure guests to Barcelona.The MH Apartments Sagrada Familia boasts a convenient location with modern amenities in every gRead moreuestroom and superb service.Each guestroom features amenities such as air conditioning, hair dryer, ironing board, television, bathtub, shower, microwave.This Barcelona accommodation contains all of the facilities and conveniences you would expect from a hotel in its class.With elegant facilities and hospitality, guests at this hotel will surely have an impressive stay.For your reservation at the MH Apartments Sagrada Familia, simply submit your dates and complete our secure online booking form.Hide

144 yd - Dailyflats Rossello Apartments

Stop at Dailyflats Rossello Apartments to discover the wonders of Barcelona. The hotel has everything you need for a comfortable stay. Take advantage of the hotel's elevator, airport transfer, Wi-Fi iRead moren public areas, car park, family room. The well-appointed guestrooms feature coffee/tea maker, internet access – wireless (complimentary), kitchenette, desk, microwave. To enhance guests' stay, the hotel offers recreational facilities such as fitness center, outdoor pool, sauna. Dailyflats Rossello Apartments combines warm hospitality with a lovely ambiance to make your stay in Barcelona unforgettable.Hide

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La Sagrada Família, {CATEGORY}

Gaudí's incomplete masterpiece is one of the city's more idiosyncratic creations - if you have time to see only one Catalan landmark, you should make it this one. Begun in 1882 and incomplete at the architect's death in 1926, this incredible temple - the Church of the Holy Family - is a bizarre wonder. The languid, amorphous structure embodies the essence of Gaudí's style, which some have described as Art Nouveau run wild. The Sagrada Família became Gaudí's all-encompassing obsession toward the last years of this intensely religious man's life. The commission came from the Josephines, a right-wing, highly pious faction of the Catholic Church. They were of the opinion that the decadent city needed an expiatory (atonement) temple where its inhabitants could go and do penance for their sins. Gaudí, whose view of Barcelona's supposed decadence largely coincided with that of the Josephines, by all accounts had a free hand, money was no object, nor was there a deadline to finish it. As Gaudí is known to have said, "My client [God] is in no hurry". Literally dripping in symbolism, the Sagrada Família was conceived to be a "catechism in stone". The basic design followed that of a Gothic church, with transepts, aisles, and a central nave. Apart from the riot of stone carvings, the grandeur of the structure is owed to the elongated towers: four above each of the three facades (representing the apostles) at 100m (328 ft). high, with four more (the evangelists) shooting up from the central section at a lofty 170m (558 ft).. The words SANCTUS, SANCTUS, SANCTUS, HOSANNA IN EXCELSIUS (Holy, Holy, Holy, Glory to God in the Highest) are written on these, further embellished with colorful geometric tilework. The last tower, being built over the apse, will be higher still and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is the two completed facades, however, that are the biggest crowd pleasers. The oldest, and the only one to be completed while the architect was alive, is the Nativity Facade on the Carrer Marina. So abundant in detail, upon first glance it seems like a wall of molten wax. As the name suggests, the work represents the birth of Jesus, its entire expanse is crammed with figurines of the Holy Family, flute-bearing angels, and an abundance of flora and fauna. Nature and its forms were Gaudí's passion, he spent hours studying its forms in the countryside of his native Reus, south of Barcelona, and much of his work is inspired by nature. On the Nativity Facade he added birds, mushrooms, even a tortoise to the rest of the religious imagery. The central piece is the "Tree of Life", a Cyprus tree scattered with nesting white doves. On the opposite side, the Passion Facade is a harsh counterpart to the fluidity of the Nativity Facade. It is the work of Josep M. Subirachs, a well-known Catalan sculptor who, like Gaudí, has set up a workshop inside the church to complete his work. His highly stylized, elongated figures are of Christ's passion and death, from Last Supper to the crucifixion. The work, started in 1952, has been highly criticized. In the book Barcelona, art critic Robert Hughes called it "the most blatant mass of half-digested moderniste clichés to be plunked on a notable building within living memory". Despite his and dozens of other voices of dissent, work plows on. In 1936 anarchists attacked the church (as they did many others in the city), destroying the plans and models Gaudí had left behind. The present architects are working from photographs of them aided by modern technology. The central nave is starting to take shape and the Glory Facade is limping along. It is estimated that the whole thing will be completed by 2026 (the centenary of Gaudí's death), funded entirely by visitors and private donations. Another step toward its completion will be the installation of a roof in 2010. Admission includes a 12-minute video on Gaudí's religious and secular works and entrance to the museum where fascinating reconstructions of Gaudí's original models are on show.

La Sagrada Família, {CATEGORY}

Gaudí's incomplete masterpiece is one of the city's more idiosyncratic creations - if you have time to see only one Catalan landmark, you should make it this one. Begun in 1882 and incomplete at the architect's death in 1926, this incredible temple - the Church of the Holy Family - is a bizarre wonder. The languid, amorphous structure embodies the essence of Gaudí's style, which some have described as Art Nouveau run wild. The Sagrada Família became Gaudí's all-encompassing obsession toward the last years of this intensely religious man's life. The commission came from the Josephines, a right-wing, highly pious faction of the Catholic Church. They were of the opinion that the decadent city needed an expiatory (atonement) temple where its inhabitants could go and do penance for their sins. Gaudí, whose view of Barcelona's supposed decadence largely coincided with that of the Josephines, by all accounts had a free hand, money was no object, nor was there a deadline to finish it. As Gaudí is known to have said, "My client [God] is in no hurry". Literally dripping in symbolism, the Sagrada Família was conceived to be a "catechism in stone". The basic design followed that of a Gothic church, with transepts, aisles, and a central nave. Apart from the riot of stone carvings, the grandeur of the structure is owed to the elongated towers: four above each of the three facades (representing the apostles) at 100m (328 ft). high, with four more (the evangelists) shooting up from the central section at a lofty 170m (558 ft).. The words SANCTUS, SANCTUS, SANCTUS, HOSANNA IN EXCELSIUS (Holy, Holy, Holy, Glory to God in the Highest) are written on these, further embellished with colorful geometric tilework. The last tower, being built over the apse, will be higher still and dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It is the two completed facades, however, that are the biggest crowd pleasers. The oldest, and the only one to be completed while the architect was alive, is the Nativity Facade on the Carrer Marina. So abundant in detail, upon first glance it seems like a wall of molten wax. As the name suggests, the work represents the birth of Jesus, its entire expanse is crammed with figurines of the Holy Family, flute-bearing angels, and an abundance of flora and fauna. Nature and its forms were Gaudí's passion, he spent hours studying its forms in the countryside of his native Reus, south of Barcelona, and much of his work is inspired by nature. On the Nativity Facade he added birds, mushrooms, even a tortoise to the rest of the religious imagery. The central piece is the "Tree of Life", a Cyprus tree scattered with nesting white doves. On the opposite side, the Passion Facade is a harsh counterpart to the fluidity of the Nativity Facade. It is the work of Josep M. Subirachs, a well-known Catalan sculptor who, like Gaudí, has set up a workshop inside the church to complete his work. His highly stylized, elongated figures are of Christ's passion and death, from Last Supper to the crucifixion. The work, started in 1952, has been highly criticized. In the book Barcelona, art critic Robert Hughes called it "the most blatant mass of half-digested moderniste clichés to be plunked on a notable building within living memory". Despite his and dozens of other voices of dissent, work plows on. In 1936 anarchists attacked the church (as they did many others in the city), destroying the plans and models Gaudí had left behind. The present architects are working from photographs of them aided by modern technology. The central nave is starting to take shape and the Glory Facade is limping along. It is estimated that the whole thing will be completed by 2026 (the centenary of Gaudí's death), funded entirely by visitors and private donations. Another step toward its completion will be the installation of a roof in 2010. Admission includes a 12-minute video on Gaudí's religious and secular works and entrance to the museum where fascinating reconstructions of Gaudí's original models are on show.

La Sagrada Família, {CATEGORY}

Gaudí began this utterly surreal temple in 1882 and it is still under construction. It was originally intended to be a modest, neo-Gothic church, but it has become the most famous building in Barcelona. Gaudí broke away from the reigning neo-Gothic style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and imbued every element of the Sagrada Família with symbolic meaning. Turtles form the base of columns (the Chinese symbol of order within chaos) and the pillars are palm trees. The most outstanding feature of this building is its baroque style, plus the mixture of colors and the diversity of materials used (plaster, ceramics, mosaic, iron and many types of stone).

La Sagrada Família, {CATEGORY}

Gaudí began this utterly surreal temple in 1882 and it is still under construction. It was originally intended to be a modest, neo-Gothic church, but it has become the most famous building in Barcelona. Gaudí broke away from the reigning neo-Gothic style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and imbued every element of the Sagrada Família with symbolic meaning. Turtles form the base of columns (the Chinese symbol of order within chaos) and the pillars are palm trees. The most outstanding feature of this building is its baroque style, plus the mixture of colors and the diversity of materials used (plaster, ceramics, mosaic, iron and many types of stone).

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