The Sagrada Familia is one of the most famous tourist attractions in the whole of Spain. Mainly because of its unique architecture and its 'troubled birth'. It was designed by the very famous architect, Antoni Gaudi, who has designed many buildings around Spain! His buildings are very distinct and have many unusual curvatures, the Sagrada Familia is no exception.
Antoni Gaudi was born in Reus, Spain in 1852 and always lived in Catalonia, this is why most of his buildings are in this area. I guess he didn't want to travel too far to see them all. Imagine being Gaudi walking around Barcelona and seeing all of your buildings, it must have been crazy!
The design and construction of the Sagrada Familia was a project that ran throughout Gaudi's career and as a result of this he never got to see it fully constructed as he had planned when he put pencil to paper in the 1880s. This is due to the Sagrada Familia still not being finished today and is not expected to be completed until 2026, which seems crazy! Although Gaudi is no longer alive, the building and further architectural design is still being continued in his unique Gothic style.
The Sagrada Familia's troubled birth, is mainly due to a lack of government or state funding. This meant that it relied fully on private donations, at the beginning of its construction in the 18th century. However, now they have been very clever and opened the Basilica to the public even though it is not fully finished. Which means that they now use the ticket revenue to fund the further construction. But as a tribute to Gaudi's work, it will be fully finished exactly a century after his death, in 2026. I feel this is a very nice touch!
Now you have heard so much about this amazing Cathedral you are probably wondering, how do I get myself there?! Well it is actually very easy, you can book tickets online on the Sagrada Familia website here. I suggest booking them in advance just to make sure you don't have to queue for hours. I'm very impatient and don't like queuing... and that is really all you need to take on the day!
You can have a guided tour but I preferred making my way around the Basilica at my own pace and taking in every little detail.
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