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Private Tour Sagrada Familia

The most famous and incomplete masterpiece of Gaudi revealed. Enjoy a walk through this work-in-progress gem of Barcelona, discovering all its hidden symbols and meanings. Admire the contrasts in between the Nativity and the Passion facades. Submerge yourself into its lights and fascinating colors. Get lost inside its forest of columns with its cozy and unique environment. A must see visit of one of the world’s most incredible temples.

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What to expect on this tour

This is the most famous and significant attraction of the city. A huge temple in the middle of the city that has been built for more than 130 years. An incredible expression of talent, spirituality, beauty and modernism. More than three million people do Sagrada Familia Tour every year.

  • Entrance in Sagrada Familia (skip lines)

  • Symbology of the temple

  • Facades and interior details

  • Visit to the Sagrada Familia School

  • Visit to the Sagrada Familia museum

Tour description

Meeting Point - Transportation

  • Next to L5 metro station

Tour duration

  • Half day

  • Access hours depend on the official Sagrada Familia opening timing

Rain policy

  • The tour is done outdoors and indoors, but is possible to do in the rain, if necessary

Best time to visit La Sagrada Familia

  • The church can be visited all year long.

  • It is not recommended to plan for Sunday morning, since it is closed for local mass. 

  • Entrance tickets can be sold out at least one week in advance, so it is recommended to plan the visit with at least 1 month anticipation. In peak season time (April till October) availability for big groups requires even more anticipation.

  • This is mostly an indoor tour. In case it rains, or it is windy, the access to the towers might be forbidden.

Tour insights

The bronze doors of the Charity

These were the first doors that were placed in la Sagrada Famila in 2015! (before that, there were no doors in the temple). They are part of the Nativity façade, the one that was done when Gaudí was alive. The doors are the ones in the centre of the façade, in the Charity portal. The doors are represented full of green ivy leafs. Etsuro Sotoo, the Japanese sculptor who built them, stated that the Ivy is the element in the nature that represents better the love. Indeed the doors are dedicated to Mary and Joseph.

The doors are made of Bronze. It was on purpose, since bronze is a metal that, the more it gets touch, the more brilliant and beautiful it becomes like the love between two people.

Nativity façade, the gem of La Sagrada Familia

One of the most spectacular elements in laSagrada Familia is the Nativity façade. It is one of the three façades of the famous church designed by the architect Antoni Gaudi. The Nativity Façade is the earliest of the three façades and was built between 1894 and 1930. This was the main element of the temple that was built while Gaudí was alive. The Nativity Façade is considered to be the most ornate and decorated of the three facades, with a wealth of intricate details and sculptures. It depicts the Nativity of Jesus and the scenes of the life of the Virgin Mary and Joseph. The sculptures on the façade are also quite striking and are considered to be some of Gaudi's most important works. Most of the elements in this façade, reflect certain scenes of the Bible that Gaudí used to transmit its values to the citizens of Barcelona. The sculptures were built using people who lived in the surrounding areas as models to make the sculptures more authentic and real. Many elements of the nature can be found in the façade: palm trees, turtles, many birds or even a chameleon. The Nativity Façade is widely regarded as a masterpiece of Catalan Art Nouveau and is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Barcelona. It is a fascinating blend of Christian symbolism, modernist architectural elements, and Gaudi's unique artistic vision. Despite being unfinished, the Nativity Façade is one of the most visited parts of the Sagrada Familia, and it is a great spot for taking pictures. A whole temple full of beauty and symbols that will certainly amaze you. If you want to get more information about la Sagrada Familia, you can visit the official the official website: https://sagradafamilia.org/

The 18 towers of the Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Família is a church that is still being under construction. When Gaudí died in 1923, there was only 1 tower finished. In the end, when the project will be ended, there will be 18 different towers organized in the following way: 12 towers on top of the facades (around 110 meters high each - 360 feet) 4 towers in the Nativity Facade, dedicated to 4 of the 12 apostles (Saint Barnabas, Saint Simon, Saint Judas Thaddeus and Saint Mathew) 4 towers in the Passion Facade dedicated to 4 apostles (Saint James, Saint Bartholomew, Saint Thomas and Saint Philip) 4 towers in the Glory Facade to the last 4 apostles (Saint Andrew, Saint Peter, Saint Paul and saint James the older). This side of the building still has not being built. 4 towers in the center dedicated to the Evangelists (around 135 meters high each - 443 feet) There will be one tower dedicated to each evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, each one of them will have the symbol of the evangelist (an angel, a lion, an ox and an eagle). 1 tower dedicated to the Virgin Mary (around 140 meters high - 460 feet) But nothing compared to the height that the tower of Jesus will reach: 172,5 meters! It will be the highest one in the entire city of Barcelona

Colours in la Sagrada Familia

Once in a while, we all need to add shiny colors in our life. When mentioning colors, nothing comes to our mind more than the breathtaking stained glasses of la Sagrada Familia! Joan Vila i Grau was the one that made possible their creation, using traditional techniques already known since the XII century. The result: a unique light all around, the visitor is literally embraced by this rainbow. You have to try, to understand and enjoy this experience!

Saint Peter crying in La Sagrada Familia

Among the many extraordinary things that can be found in la Sagrada Familia, we can enjoy the impressive statues that represent the liturgy of the Bible. One of the scenes in the Passion facade is Denial of Saint Peter. The meaning behind the sculpture is thought to be a representation of Saint Peter's remorse for denying Jesus three times before the crucifixion. In the Bible, Saint Peter denies Jesus three times before the rooster crows, as Jesus had predicted. This sculpture of Saint Peter crying can be seen as a representation of his regret and sorrow for his actions. This statue was not done by Antoni Gaudí. The statues in the Passion facade are recent (from 1980s). In this case, the statues were done by a talented Catalan sculptor, Josep Maria Subirachs, starting in 1987 (still some statues have to be placed). Josep Maria Subirachs i Sitjar (1927-2014) was a Spanish sculptor, painter and architect. He was born in Barcelona and studied at the technical superior architectural school of Barcelona. Subirachs' sculptures are notable for their abstract style, which contrast with the traditional and ornate style of Gaudi's original work. His sculptures are also characterized by their rough texture and dark color, which he achieved by using a type of stone called "calcarenite."

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