Visit tips Sagrada Familia

What to see in Sagrada Familia church

Sagrada Familia visit tips: don’t miss anything!

If there is one MUST-SEE place in town, that’s definitely the Sagrada Familia church. Started in 1882 by the architect Francesc de Paula i Villar, Gaudi took over the project a year later and transformed it into his masterpiece, his passion and obsession. It won’t be finished until 2026-30 (approx), but the inside was finally completed, freed of scaffolding and consecrated by Pope Benedict in 2010.

It’s a pretty impressive building that attracts over 3 million visitors every year, so when planning your visit check out first our Sagrada Familia visit tips to avoid lines. And next, make sure you know exactly what to see in Sagrada Familia so you don’t miss anything.Sagrada Familia visit tips: understanding the hanging model

But unless you are taking a Sagrada Familia tour, you might not know what to see in Sagrada Familia… But don’t worry: we get you covered: As experienced private tour guides, we know what are everyone’s favorites, and today we are sharing them with you!

Here is what to see in Sagrada Familia – details that you’ll always remember:

The soldier with 6 toes. The butcher who posed for the soldier of Herod killing the babies was born with six toes, and that’s how Gaudi decided to represent him in stone. It’s hard to see the sixth toe, but you can make it out in the Façade of the Nativity. Or in a good guidebook…

The stain-glass colors reflecting on the columns. Once you enter the main nave, you’ll be at awe: it’s so out of this world! My favorite time is in autumn and spring, when the sunlight reflects the stain-glass colors in the columns and makes you feel you are inside a magical forest of stone. More of our Sagrada Familia visit tips: we prefer the lights during autumn and winter, when the sun is lower and the colors are brighter (if it’s sunny outside).What to see in Sagrada Familia: Passion Façade

The cryptogram that adds up to 33. What to see in Sagrada Familia if you are a mathematician: Subirachs, the artist who made the sculptures in the Passion Façade decided to hide there a few secret symbols. This cryptogram or magical square adds up to the age of Jesus when he died.

The hanging model. The star of the museum in the basement is this polifunicular model, a replica of the one that Gaudi created to design the church of the Colònia Güell for his best friend Eusebi Güell. It’s fascinating how he’d only need strings and little bags of sand to calculate what our architects now do on their computers…

Gaudi’s tomb. You don’t need to pay to see this one, as the crypt is open for prayers and services and it’s free of charge (however, it ony opens for mass). You can also see it from inside the basilica (corridor behind the altar) and the museum. Not being recognized as the great master he was when he was run over by a tram, he died in a hospital for poor people. But then, over 100,000 people came to pay their respects in his funeral. Sad end for an incredible man.

But wait a minute! Should you also go up the towers? Share this post and we’ll tell you if they are worth it and some insiders tips:


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