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Basilica of la Sagrada Família

Basilica of la Sagrada Família

The Sagrada Família is Antoni Gaudí's best-known work and has become an undisputed symbol of Barcelona. This unique modern temple has been under construction since 1882, and is expected to be completed by 2026.

The foundation stone of this colossal basilica was laid in 1882, and building work is still progress. Although the architect Francesc de Paula Villar was originally commissioned to carry out the Sagrada Família's project, just a year later he was replaced by the young Gaudí, who devoted himself fully to the task until the time of his death in 1926. During his lifetime, Gaudí completed the crypt and the Nativity façade at the side, which have been declared a World Heritage Site. The surviving models and drawings have made it possible to continue with the building work, which continues to be funded by private donations.

The Sagrada Família Church of Atonement has a central nave with four aisles at the sides and a transept with a central nave flanked by two aisles forming a Latin cross. The semi-circular apse is located at the top of the cross and encloses the basilica at the back. The basilica also has three monumental façades each one representing one of the pivotal moments in the life of Christ: his birth (Carrer Marina), his passion, death and resurrection (Carrer Sardenya), and his present and future glory (Carrer Mallorca). The four towers on each façade represent the 12 Apostles. A dome-shaped tower will eventually crown the apse, symbolising the Virgin Mary, and the four tall towers dedicated to the evangelists will encircle the central spire which will be built over the crossing and represent the Saviour. You can go up the towers on foot or using the lift, and enjoy breathtaking views of Barcelona.

General details


Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401 (08013). Barcelona
Phone: 935 132 060
Web site: www.sagradafamilia.cat
E-mail: informacio@sagradafamilia.org
Opening time: From November to February, daily from 9am to 6pm.
March and October, from 9am to 7pm.
From April to September, daily from 9am to 8pm.
January 1st & 6th, December 25th & 26th, from 9am to 2pm.


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Accessibility details


The basilica of the Sagrada Família is still under construction and this means that the constant changes taking place can affect mobility. We recommend wheelchair users visit with a companion.

The information office on Carrer Sardenya is the meeting point for pre-booked groups and visitors with special needs.

There are four types of visit. They are available in a number of languages:
-Individual (standard guided tour or with an audioguide)
-Family
-School/educational
-Groups of people with special needs

To arrange a tour, or if you have any questions about accessibility, please contact Carme de Miguel, the person in charge of educational resources at the Sagrada Família: educa@sagradafamilia.org

There are audioguides in different languages, tactile materials for blind people and audiovisual displays with subtitles.

Admission is free for people with disability levels of 65% or more and their companions. Senior citizens are entitled to a discount.
Visual impairment
A scale model of the floor of the basilica, made of bronze and captioned in Braille, is useful for all, including the vision impaired, who want to better understand the architecture of the building.

The two completed façades of the Sagrada Família run parallel to Carrer Marina and Carrer Sardenya respectively. The Nativity façade is on Carrer Marina, and the Passion façade is on Carrer Sardenya. At the information point, assistance dog users can ask for a gate to be opened for them so that they don’t have to go through the standard ticket barriers.

Pre-booked tours: The guides at the Sagrada Família have a great deal of experience in giving adapted tours for blind and visually impaired visitors. During pre-booked tours, visitors can touch different elements, including plaster models that are scale reproductions of the towers, pinnacles, windows, columns, hyperboloids (in order to understand Gaudí’s geometric shapes), the forms of nature, the chalice with the grapes, etc.

Self-guided tour: If you visit the church individually, without a guide but accompanied by a sighted person, you can ask at the information point on Carrer Sardenya for a detailed plan showing the interesting tactile elements in the church, such as the lettering on the doorway of the Passion façade, the tortoises on the Nativity façade, the interior columns that simulate tree trunks, etc. Visually impaired visitors can borrow enlarged photographs showing details of the façades.

The exhibition “Gaudir de la natura” (Enjoying Nature) next to the Nativity façade features many tactile elements. However, there is no information in Braille. There are no tactile exhibits at the museum as they are all in display cases.
Guide dog Tactile elements Optical aids and large-print
Hearing impairment
The audiovisual display at the museum has Catalan subtitles.

The guides on the pre-booked tours can use a microphone and voice amplifier.
Motor impairment: accessible with assistance
The Sagrada Família can be reached by different adapted-bus routes, the Barcelona Bus Turístic and the Metro. Sagrada Família station, served by line 2, is accessible and the exit comes out on to Carrer Marina on the corner of Carrer Mallorca.

We recommend you go to the information point on Carrer Sardenya. There is an accessible entrance next to it which can be opened on request. Wheelchairs can also be borrowed from here.

The information booth presents some accessibility problems: there is a step and the counter is too high for wheelchair users and people with restricted growth.

The ramp from the Passion façade to the museum is long and steep. One of the two adapted toilets is at the end of the ramp. These are the most user-accessible. The other toilets are inside the museum, near the Nativity façade, and the main difficulty lies in the fact that the doors open inwards, hindering manoeuvrability.

Most of the display cases in the museum are low enough for wheelchair users to view them correctly.

The ramps at the side are a bit steep and, although they don’t fully comply with all accessibility requirements, provide access for wheelchair users.

The towers are not accessible to wheelchair users because there are three steps leading to the lift which is very small.

The school building presents few accessibility problems. There is a small step, measuring 2.5 cm, at the entrance.

There are two shops, with glass automatic doors at either end. The shop on Carrer Sardenya has a small, steeply sloping ramp.

Last update: 25/08/2016

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