I had only one site in mind for my trip to Barcelona way before I started planning and fleshing out our itinerary and it was the Sagrada Familia. I knew it is glorious from the photos Iâ€™ve seen but seeing it in person still took my breath away. Sugarface and I spent an afternoon there listening to the audio tour and detail hunting. The abundant intricacies and majestic grandeur were a feast for the eyes. If you only see one thing in Barcelona, make it the Sagrada Familia! Hereâ€™s a list of ten facts to further entice you.
10 Facts about the Sagrada Familia
- This cathedral is regarded as Antoni GaudÃâ€™s unfinished masterpiece. He spent about 40 years designing and building the Sagrada Familia. Itâ€™s scheduled to be finished in ten years, around the 100 year anniversary of Gaudiâ€™s death. (Many are skeptical about this deadline being met but I am optimistic!)
- The first stone was laid in 1882.
- GaudÃ lived on-site and dedicated the last years of his life to this project. He was unpaid!
- Only the apse, crypt, and the Eastern facade dedicated to the Nativity were completed before he died. I learned what an apse is with the audio tour; itâ€™s a semicircular recess covered with a semi-dome.
- GaudÃ was hit by a tram and due to his shabby dress and lack of paper identifications, the hospital mistook him for a beggar and neglected care. He died three days later.
- He was buried in the crypt in the cathedral.
- After his death, his assistant DomÃ¨nec SugraÃ±es took over for 12 years. Since then a handful of architects and sculptors have collaborated on the finishing of this project, some of whom worked closely with GaudÃ.
- Construction was and still is funded by visitors and donators.
- Occasionally, masses are held at the cathedral, but it is invite-only. You can stalk the website for details on how to acquire invitations once thereâ€™s a mass scheduled.
- Their Twitter account gives frequent updates on the construction and also provides more fun facts!
- Buy tickets online to save time from waiting in long lines.
- Access to towers and spiral staircases are not included with general admission. We learned this the sad way.
- You can buy discounted combined tickets if you purchase admission to both the Sagrada and Casa Museu GaudÃ, located adjacent to another famous GaudÃ creation, the Park GÃ¼ell.
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