The Sagrada Familia Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family (Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família) is a Roman Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudí.
Construction of Sagrada Familia commenced in 1882 by architect Francisco Paula de Villar with Gaudí becoming involved in 1883 after Francisco resigned as the head architect. Taking over the project, Gaudí transformed it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveauforms. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.
Sagrada Familia’s construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death.
Regarding the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have remarked: “My client is not in a hurry.” When Gaudí died in 1926, the basilica was between 15 and 25 percent complete. Gaudí’s models and workshop were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. The present design is based on reconstructed versions of the plans that were burned in a fire as well as on modern adaptations.
In October 2015, Chief architect Jordi Fauli announced that construction is 70% complete and has entered its final phase of raising six immense towers. The towers and most of the church’s structure are to be completed by 2026 and decorative elements should be completed by 2032.
Address: Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, Carrer de Mallorca, 401, 08013 Barcelona, Spain. (Main entrance on Carrer de la Marina).
Metro: Sagrada Familia. When you exit the station, its right in front of you.
Opening times: November to February, 9 am to 6 pm. March, 9 am to 7 pm. April to September, 9 am to 8 pm. October, 9 am to 7 pm. December 25, 26. January 1 and 6, 9 am to 2 pm.