For the La Sagrada Familia Tour including Tower and Crypt, your English speaking guide will meet you in the corner of Carrer Sardenya with Carrer Provenca.
The most visited monument in Spain, the Sagrada Familia is still under construction after more than 100 years. Expected to be completed in 2030, it was originally intended to be a church that would compensate for Barcelona’s revolutionary ideas. But when architect Antoni Gaudi took charge, he saw the project as a reflection of his own spiritual and nationalist expression. Hence, the great architect soon became obsessed with this project and he planned to build facades which would represent the birth, death and resurrection of Christ. Gaudi devoted his last fifteen years completely to the project, before his death in 1926 and only lived to see the completion of one facade, one tower, the apse and the crypt.
The guide will first escort you to the Crypt of the Sagrada Familia. This underground room has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and houses the tomb of Gaudí himself. It was one of the very few sections that was completed at the time of Gaudí’s death. On the course of the tour, the guide will share tales of Gaudí’s love affair with his final work, how he considered the project his personal holy mission and the great personal sacrifices he made to ensure its completion.
After the Crypt, skip the long entrance lines and head straight to the heart of the Basilica. Apart from its immense beauty, the monument is an epitome of symbolism. Gaudi’s impeccable modernist style can be seen in its stunning interior which represents branches and trees with colourful columns, intricate stained glass windows and soaring arches.
Most detailed parts of the church are the three magnificent facades – the Passion facade known for its unorthodox sculptures, the Nativity façade, built on the theme of nature and the Glory façade, which is still under construction.
After having experienced the Sagrada Familia from below in the crypt and then at the spectacular main level, your visit includes a ticket to the very top of one of Gaudí’s dizzyingly high towers. Your guide will see to it that you make it to the elevator, after which you’ll be free to spend time enjoying the views of Barcelona and the cathedral below, before heading back down. You are then free to continue exploring the Basilica at your leisure.