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Sagrada Familia Basilica

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The Nativity Facade. Photo credit: Pro Travel Photos.
The Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Familia is one of the most universal symbols of the city of Barcelona and the greatest exponent of Catalan modernist architecture. It is a monumental church with five naves still unfinished, located in the center of Barcelona, ​​in the Eixample district. The construction had commenced in neo-gothic style, but upon assuming the project Antoni Gaudí soon separated from the original plane until conceiving one of his most personal and brilliant works, dedicating 43 years of his life for this.

Today are 8 towers completed of 18 projected, 4 in each facade. The interior height is 45 meters in the central nave. The Christian symbolism is very evident in the temple, which presents the life of Jesus and the history of the Faith.
The Sagrada Familia is the most visited monument in Spain. .

Highlights

✔ The Nativity Façade, facing east and built between 1894 and 1930, is the only facade that directly follows the guidelines of Gaudí. Represents the birth, childhood and adolescence of Christ showing an exultant nature on a Gothic base.
✔ The Passion Façade, facing west, is the second to be built. Named because it represents the Passion of Jesus, his pain, sacrifice and death. The construction of this facade was started in 1954 according to the drawings left by Gaudí but it is very controversial by the way as the original ideas have been reinterpreted.
✔ The Roser door, located inside the temple, a small space profusely decorated by Gaudí.
✔ The interior of the basilica. The naves are supported by a system of columns completely new in the history of architecture, a veritable forest of columns.
✔ The bell towers. The central towers measure 112 meters and the laterals 98 meters. The bell towers ends with terminals 25 meters high, decorated with crosses and other motifs made by polychrome ceramics.

Public transport
Metro
Sagrada Familia Station - L2 and L5 lines
Bus
Lines 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20 and B24
Tourist bus
Sagrada Familia stop - blue route
 
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