Vinalium Sagrada Familia
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What i like most about this must-see in Barcelona is the exhibition they have in the underground of the cathedral with the models Gaudí created to build it During the summer is necessary to book it in advance if you want to go in, if not it would be almost impossible to get a ticket for the day
"The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia designed by the architect Gaudi is a unique building in the world.its construction responds to a design based on the shapes of the plants,very pleasant and harmonious.VISTING the holy family is a must see."
Gaudí’s masterpiece and prime example of Catalan modernism, the Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family) is the most popular sight in Barcelona. This large basilica is striking not only because of its whimsical shapes, but also because it is still under construction. The first stone of the Sagrada Familia –a church which occupies a whole block in the Ensanche– was laid in the year 1882. Construction started one year later under architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, who had planned a building in Neo-Gothic style. Due to some disagreements with the promoter of the project, bookseller Josep Maria Bocabella, and the architect who advised him, Joan Martorell, Francisco de Paula abandoned the project soon after starting it. It was then that Gaudí, a 31-year-old architect who had worked as an assistant to both Francisco de Paula and Joan Martorell, took over the project. He devoted the rest of his life to it, at first in parallel with other works, but in his last years in an exclusive manner: given that Gaudí worked with sketches and took many of his decisions on the go as the works advanced, his presence on the construction site was indispensable. As soon as he was put in charge, the first thing Gaudí did was to change completely all that had been planned. He designed a totally different building (except for the crypt, which had already been built), in which the most important elements are the 18 towers that rise high with a parabolic profile. Once the building is completed, it will have four towers above each of its three façades (a total of twelve towers representing the Apostles), two large central dome-towers dedicated to Jesus and the Virgin, and four other towers (the Evangelists) surrounding them. As can be seen, symbols play an important role in the design of the building. Other remarkable features are the naturalistic shapes that Gaudí employed, as well as the parabolic arches. Both are very frequent elements in his buildings. During Gaudí’s lifetime, only the Nativity façade was completed. The architect, aware that the construction would last several decades, decided to leave a series of models and sketches so that future generations could continue with the works following the original plan. However, during the Civil War a fire razed the crypt –which Gaudí had used as a workshop– and destroyed a large part of the material. After the fire, some fragments of the models could be retrieved, and, with the help of some photographs of them, new models were created with which the works could continue.
Gaudí’s masterpiece and prime example of Catalan modernism, the Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family) is the most popular sight in Barcelona. This large basilica is striking not only because of its whimsical shapes, but also because it is still under construction. The first stone of the Sagra…
Remember to book online a few days before you visit. Guide or audio guide is a must if you want to enjoy your visit.
Gaudí's definitive work, still unfinished since 1882, this is Barcelona's main attraction and one of the most beautiful and impressive churches all around the world.
How: Take the R4 train until La Sagrera Station then take the L5 metro until Sagrada Familia Station. If you are student you get a discount of 2€. If you are between 11 - 30 years old you can get your entry at half price if you gon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the last 2 hours of aperture. This is a symbol of Barcelona, it is a must if you come to the city.
How: Take the R4 train until La Sagrera Station then take the L5 metro until Sagrada Familia Station. If you are student you get a discount of 2€. If you are between 11 - 30 years old you can get your entry at half price if you gon on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the last 2 hours of apertu…
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