Sagrada Família

Friday Facts: Sagrada Família

Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia in Barcelona is like a blast from the past as it was in 2005 that I had a quick glimpse of this amazing building.

Did you know….

The La Sagrada Família will take longer to complete than the Egyptian pyramids. It started in 1882 and is expected to be completed in 2026. The Great Pyramid, by comparison, only took 20 years. But like the Pyramids this Cathedral also doubles as a buriel place.  Antoni Gaudi, the chief designer, is buried in the crypt below the church.

Gaudí disliked straight lines and angles because they don’t often appear naturally. Instead, he based his design on the swirling curves of nature. If you’re a keen observer, you’ll find trees, water flows, flowers, sunlight, etc. everywhere in the interior.

Sagrada Família
Rene and me on one of the walkways of Sagrada Família

It is the most visited tourist attraction in Spain with 2-3 million tourists a year! It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.




  1. I first visited Sagrada Familia in my first trip to Spain in 1974. At that time only the rear entrance facade had bwen completed. There were no walls nor ceiling yet! They were trying to collect money to keep building the cathedral. Then I went back in 2010 and wow! What a difference! Using Gaudi’s models and drawings, the cathedral is near completion. There were walks, ceiling, windows and the front facade – completely different from the back and designed by a different sculptor. And the towers – amazing! I hope to see it when it is completely finished – 9 years from now! It is an amazing structure and a beautiful dedication to God. All of Gaudi’s work is beautiful.

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