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Basilica of la Sagrada Família

Basílica de la Sagrada Familia

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.

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 basilica of the Sagrada Família represents a true building challenge. It consists of a basilica floor plan with five naves and a three-sided transept that represent a symbolic 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 bell towers on each façade represent the 12 Apostles who accompanied Jesus of Nazareth. They will eventually include four more towers dedicated to the evangelists. The tower above the apse and altar is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It stands 138 metres high and is surmounted by a twelve-pointed star that is lit up at night. The highest tower of all will be dedicated to Christ the Saviour, and will be more than 170 metres high.

Two of the three façades have been completed and are open to visitors, along with the naves, the apse and museum. The latter gives us an insight into the past, present and future of the basilica through models, photographs, plans, decorative objects and audiovisuals. Visitors can also ride to the top of the towers in the lift and come down on foot and enjoy magnificent views of Barcelona.

The Nativity façade and crypt have been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO.

We offer different options for your vist according to your needs: group visits, at your own pace, walking tours, skip-the-line tickets, with access to the bell towers or combined with a visit to Park Güell. You choose!

General details

Address: Carrer de Mallorca, 401 (08013). Barcelona
Phone: 932 080 414
Web site:
Opening time: November-February: Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm. Sunday, from 10.30 am to 6 pm.
March and October: Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 7 pm. Sunday, from 10.30 am to 7 pm.
April-September: Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 8 pm. Sunday, from 10.30 am to 8 pm.
1 and 6 January, 25 and 26 December, from 9 am to 2 pm.

Tower Lighting : March, from 7.30 pm to 11 pm. | April, from 9 pm to midnight. | May, from 9.30 pm to midnight. | June and July, from 11pm to midnight. | August, from 10.30 pm to midnight. | September, from 10 to midnight. | October, from 9.30 pm to 11 pm. | November, from 6.30 pm to 10 pm. | December, from 6 pm to 10 pm.

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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.

To arrange a tour, or if you have any questions about accessibility, please contact:

There are audioguides in 15 different languages. Adapted audioguides in sign language and audiodescription are also available in Catalan, Spanish and English.

Admission is free for people with disability levels of 65% or more and their companions.
Visual impairment
Audioguides with audiodescription for blind and partially sighted visitors are available in Catalan, Spanish and English.

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 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 will find a great number of 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.
Guide dog Tactile elements
Hearing impairment
The audioguides can be used with hearing aids: induction loop necklaces are available upon request.

There is a sign language videoguide available.
Induction loop Sign language
Motor impairment: accessible with assistance
The Sagrada Família can be reached by different adapted-bus routes, the Barcelona Bus Turístic and the Metro (Line 2 and Line 5). Sagrada Família station is accessible and has two lifts on Carrer Marina, on the corner of Carrer Mallorca and also on the corner of Carrer Provença.

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: 18/07/2023

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