Sagrada Family – Things to see
After you cross the security point you will learn about one of the church’s facades, the Nativity, which was the first to be completed and the one Gaudí personally worked on the most in his lifetime. You will enjoy trying to decode the many symbols that Gaudí left for the viewer to decipher.
Nature and architecture in La Sagrada Familia
Once inside the Sagrada Familia, marvel at the unique ambiance created by the intense colored lighting emanating from the stained glass windows and the branch-like columns extending across the ceiling. Gaudí wanted to make the interior look and feel like a walk through the woods. As you exit the Basilica you will learn about the Passion facade, which illustrates the story of Jesus’ crucifixion. During your visit we recommend you pay special attention to the following elements. Nature played a very important role in the design of La Sagrada Familia and you will notice columns with the shape of trees (palm trees were very important in Gaudi´s architecture). There is not a single totally straight line inside the building to emulate the way in which nature works.
Sagrada Familia Schools
The schools were designed for the children of the workers who built the Sagrada Familia. Hear how it was reconstructed more than once and even moved locations to make way for the Basilica.
Towers in La Sagrada Familia
Once finished there will 18 towers in place following the design by Gaudi. 12 of these towers are dedicated to the apostles, 4 towers are dedicated to the evangelists and the remaining two are dedicated to Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ tower, once finished, will be the highest of all.
The total height of the monument is a few meters lower than the Montjuic mountain. This was made to show respect to God´s creation.
Views from the towers in La Sagrada Familia
The visit to the towers is not included in the standard ticket. You will need to opt for views to the city (passion façade) or views to the sea (Nativity façade).
An elevator can be used to access the top of the towers but you will need to walk down the stairs in both cases. There are over 500 stairs in a snail style stair. The design of the stairs is once more connected to nature, but it is also practical from the architectural viewpoint. If you suffer from physical disabilities you should refrain from visiting the towers. This is also the case if you suffer from claustrophobia or heart conditions. Last but not least, bear in mind that children below 6 are not allowed to visit the towers.
Which view is better, Passion tower or Nativity tower?
Since the Passion towers provide views over the Mediterranean sea most people would be tempted to opt for the passion towers. There are however a few things you should bear in mind before you make up your mind! The Nativity towers are the original work of Gaudi. Both towers are connected by a bridge which means you will be able to enjoy the views from different angles. The Passion towers are not yet connected and since there is construction going on the experience is a bit more chaotic. All in all, both views are simply breathtaking and no matter which is your final decision you will not regret it! And remeber that the best views of the Mediterranean are from La Barceloneta beach! or if you are looking for views from the distance the great views are also offered from from Parc Güell
Crypt in La Sagrada Familia
Pay attention to the roman style mosaics on the floor of the crypt. The altar is also something not be missed. It is dedicated to the holy family and if you wonder where Gaudi is buried you have the answer now: in the altarpiece in the crypt.
The crypt contains seven chapels and it was the first element of the Sagrada Familia that was finished and besides being the resting place for Gaudi, it is also the only part of the church he saw partially completed. The crypt was built following the neo-gothic style which was on fashion at the time La Sagrada Familia was started. When Gaudi took over the work from his predecessor Francisco de Paula del Villar, he decided to continue the outline designed by de Paula, though he introduced modifications in the altar, the trench, and the staircase. Gaudi would have preferred to build the façade facing the sunrise (the traditional way) and to have the suffering and death of Christ towards the sunset. But the construction of the crypt was advanced when he took over.