Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia

The next set of photos from my recent trip to Barcelona come from the hugely touristic trap, La Sagrada Familia. It’s often said that a trip to Barcelona isn’t complete without a trip to La Sagrada, and judging by the hours and hours long queue outside, everyone’s read the same thing.

My initial reaction to seeing a queue that long? “Bugger this.” Even, I, self-confessed Gaudiphile, desperate to see what had changed inside La Sagrada since my last visit in 2004 refused to wait that long, instead we resigned to visiting at a quieter time – first thing in the morning, where there would be still be a queue, but much, much more tolerable.

To call La Sagrada a church is to oversimplify it, massively, hugely, it is to do it a disservice, but I suppose, when it boils down to it, that’s what it is.

It’s also called Gaudi’s masterpiece, and, it’s not even finished yet. That’s why you’ll see the construction works surrounding it if you visit. However, since my last visit they appear to have sped up the proceedings, promising it will be finished by around 2023. Nice.

Since I last visited it, they have finished the interior. And my word. What splendour. I don’t really know how else to describe the wonderment that greets your eyes (and camera) when you step inside. Possibly the most insanely beautiful piece of architecture I’ve had the fortune to stand underneath is another way.

This is how excited I get about Gaudi... hint: it's a lot.

Although Gaudi is of course well known for his ever so slightly off the wall creations… ok majorly off the wall… we’ll never know for definite if this is what Gaudi actually intended, as I learned that some of the original plans were destroyed in the 1950s.

Whether it is, or it isn’t, I love it either way. When it’s finished it’s supposed to have several more towers and be even taller than it is now – you can still see it from all over Barcelona so I’m not even entirely capable of imagining the finished result. I know for one thing for certain though, I can’t wait to see what it looks like.

Anyway, this is one of the most iconic structures in Barcelona, if not the world, so there’s a good chance you’ve already seen a lot of photos of it, but none-the-less, here is my take on it. I hope you enjoy it… any comments are most welcome and appreciated.

I have more Gaudi wonderfulness to share with you soon, watch this space.


    • Thanks Tom – if you get the chance to go, you have to. I love it so much – for once, I am not moaning. My advice would be to get there as early as you can – pre 9am is the best time 🙂

  • they will never finish this building will they… shame Gaudi didn’t. 😦 I was studying his work on Uni. What a beautiful mind he was! Fantastic photos Amy.

    • Apparently they will Aga – in 2023! I will be back to check… they have lots of funding now – it costs a bomb to get in and the queue when I went first time was 3 hours long – cha ching! I love all his other buildings too – more masterpieces to come 🙂 x

      • is this really the end date?? that’s fantastic! And great they had funds! Wow, that’s quite a news, it always used to hang in the air, and this building has always been the symbol of the unfinished masterpiece after the deathh of it’s Master.. weird they actually WILL finish it. I’ll come to see too! 🙂

      • Actually, it might have been 2026 now that I think about it… either way, I remember it wasn’t very long, comparatively – I think it was 2060 something when I last visited.

        It will be absolutely incredible when it’s finished – I won’t be able to believe it. But they are also building an underground railway from Paris to Barcelona which goes underneath the Sagrada… imagine if it falls over now after all that!!

  • I’m stupid… commented before reading your text (sorry Amy, it’s a professional twist to look at images first THEN read the whatever someone WRITES. 😉 )

    I’m looking forward to more Gaudi creations captured by you! xx

    • Hehe – yep I’ve done the same many many times. 😀

      The hardest part is knowing where to begin with the next set of photos… which one, I love them all so much! 😀 x

  • Great photos – you have done the Sagrada Familia justice with them. The enormity of the building is just so hard to capture in one photograph. I love how you were able to show the light coming through the coloured windows. how stunning were the views from up above? I have yet to blog about Sagrada though when I do, I’ll include your blog link!

    • The views were good from up above, but the views inside were much more spectacular, in my opinion. Simply because you can see lots of viewpoints from around Barcelona to get the whole panorama in, so it’s the building itself which is more beautiful. I have lots more photos of Barcelona still to come, just need to find a few spare hours to post them 🙂

    • Thankyou very much 🙂 I don’t have *too* many photos of the fountains – I was too busy enjoying the show! But I’ll see what I can find…

  • Love these photos! We took a bunch of our own when we visited earlier this year. We went in late January — decent weather and not too crowded. Thanks for posting these!

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