Whether your time in Barcelona revolves around a layover, weekend away or a longer break, the one thing you cannot miss during your time in the Catalan capital is a visit to the Sagrada Familia. One of the most magnificent churches in the world, this amazing creation comes from the mind of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi. The church is still a work in progress even though construction began in 1882 and is expected to finish in 2026--that’s 100 years after Gaudi's death. Tour this magnificent masterpiece with the Sagrada Familia Travel Guide and Offline Map.
1. The Size, Detail, and Craftsmanship
Towering over its neighboring buildings, the Sagrada Familia is epic in scale. When complete it will have an impressive 18 spires, according to Gaudi's design, and will be the tallest church in the world. Outside the grand facade's intricate designs cover the walls in their entirety, with different styles being embraced in the telling of Christ's birth, life, and death. Visitors pass under the tree of life, with animals and wildlife to be spotted wherever you look and throughout the church areas are dedicated to everything from saints to sins. Inside the columns of the church are designed to look like trees and branches, and the roof so intricately designed you would want to stare at it for hours.
2. The Stained Glass Windows
The stained glass brings the building to life, with rainbows of light showering down onto the walls and columns all around you. They really have to be seen to be believed. They are considered an essential feature of the church. Gaudi gave them the same expressive intricacy as the architecture of the carvings. And if you love it enough, you can even pay to have a pane of glass added with your own name on it.
3. The View from the Top
The panoramic view of Barcelona will blow you away. The way the blue ocean from the Barcelona beach from afar contrasted with the orange glow of the church and the cityscape is worth mustering up your courage to defy your fear of heights, if you have one that is. The spectacular view is definitely a must-see for Barcelona first-timers and frequent visitors alike.
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