Sagrada Família Barcelona

The Basílica I Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Catalan elocution: [səˈɣɾaðə fəˈmiɫiə]; Spanish: Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia; English: Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family) is a vast incomplete Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, composed by Catalan modeler Antoni Gaudí (1852– 1926). Gaudí's work on the building is a piece of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI blessed and declared it a minor basilica, as particular from a house of God, which must be the seat of a religious administrator.

In 1882, development of Sagrada Família began under designer Francisco de Paula del Villar. In 1883, when Villar resigned, Gaudí assumed control as a boss draftsman, changing the task with his compositional and building style, consolidating Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau shapes. Gaudí committed the rest of his life to the venture, and at the season of his passing at age 73 out of 1926, not as much as a fourth of the undertaking was finished.

Depending entirely on private gifts, Sagrada Familia's development advanced gradually and was hindered by the Spanish Civil War, just to continue discontinuous advance in the 1950s. Since starting development in 1882, headways in innovations, for example, PC helped plan and automated numerical control (CNC) have empowered speedier advance and development passed the midpoint in 2010. Be that as it may, a portion of the task's most prominent difficulties remains, including the development of ten more towers, each symbolizing a vital Biblical figure in the New Testament. It is foreseen that the building can be finished by 2026—the centennial of Gaudí's passing.

The basilica has a long history of separating the residents of Barcelona: over the underlying plausibility it may contend with Barcelona's house of God, over Gaudí's outline itself, over the likelihood that work after Gaudí's demise slighted his design, and the 2007 proposition to fabricate an underground passage of Spain's rapid rail connect to France which could exasperate its stability. Describing Sagrada Família, workmanship commentator Rainer Zerbst said "it is presumably difficult to discover a congregation building anything like it in the whole history of art", and Paul Goldberger portrays it as "the most phenomenal individual elucidation of Gothic engineering since the Middle Ages".

The Basilica of the Sagrada Família was the motivation of a book retailer, Josep Maria Bocabella, author of Asociación Espiritual de Devotos de San José (Spiritual Association of Devotees of St. Joseph).

After a visit to the Vatican in 1872, Bocabella came back from Italy with the expectation of building a congregation propelled by the basilica at Loreto. The apse grave of the congregation, supported by gifts, was started 19 March 1882, on the celebration of St. Joseph, to the outline of the engineer Francisco de Paula del Villar, whose arrangement was for a Gothic restoration church of a standard form. The apse tomb was finished before Villar's acquiescence on 18 March 1883, when Gaudí accepted accountability for its plan, which he changed radically. Antoni Gaudí started to take a shot at the congregation in 1883, however, was not delegated Architect Director until 1884.
Sacred Family Barcelona (Sagrada Familia)


Regarding the matter of the greatest long development time frame, Gaudí is said to have commented: "My customer isn't in a hurry." When Gaudí passed on in 1926, the basilica was in the vicinity of 15 and 25 percent complete. After Gaudí's demise, work proceeded under the bearing of Domènec Sugrañes I Gras until hindered by the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

Parts of the incomplete basilica and Gaudí's models and workshop were decimated amid the war by Catalan rebels. The present outline depends on reproduced variants of the plans that were scorched in a fire and additionally on current adjustments. Since 1940 the planners Francesc Quintana, Isidre Puig Boada, Lluís Bonet I Gari and Francesc Cardoner have carried on the work. The light was composed via Carles Buïgas.

The present executive and child of Lluís Bonet, Jordi Bonet I Armengol, has been bringing PCs into the outline and development process since the 1980s. Check Burry of New Zealand fills in as Executive Architect and Researcher. Models by J. Busquets, Etsuro Sotoo, and the dubious Josep Maria Subirachs enrich the fantastical façades. Barcelona-conceived Jordi Fauli assumed control as the boss draftsman in 2012.

The focal nave vaulting was finished in 2000 and the fundamental undertakings from that point forward have been the development of the transept vaults and apse. Starting at 2006, work focused on the intersection and supporting structure for the primary pinnacle of Jesus Christ and additionally the southern walled in area of the focal nave, which will end up being the Glory façade.

The congregation imparts its site to the Sagrada Família Schools assembling, a school initially outlined by Gaudí in 1909 for the offspring of the development specialists. Migrated in 2002 from the eastern corner of the site toward the southern corner, the building currently houses a display.

Development status

Boss engineer Jordi Fauli declared in October 2015 that development is 70 percent finish and has entered its last period of raising six gigantic towers. The towers and the vast majority of the congregation's structure are to be finished by 2026, the centennial of Gaudí's demise; beautiful components ought to be finished by 2030 or 2032. Guest extra charges of 15– 20 euros ($17– 22) back the yearly development spending plan of 25 million euros ($28.38 million).

PC helped plan innovation has been utilized to quicken the development of the building. Current innovation enables stone to be formed off-site by a CNC processing machine, while in the twentieth century the stone was cut by hand.

In 2008, some prestigious Catalan draftsmen supported stopping construction, to regard Gaudí's unique outlines, which despite the fact that they were not comprehensive and were in part demolished, have been somewhat reproduced lately.

AVE burrow

Since 2013, AVE fast prepares have gone close to the Sagrada Família through an underground passage that keeps running underneath the focal point of Barcelona.

The passage's development, which started on 26 March 2010, was disputable. The Ministry of Public Works of Spain (Ministerio de Fomento) asserted the undertaking represented no hazard to the church. Sagrada Família designers and modelers deviated, saying there was no certification that the passage would not influence the dependability of the building. The Board of the Sagrada Família (Patronat de la Sagrada Família) and the area affiliation AVE pel Litoral (AVE by the Coast) had driven a crusade against this course for the AVE, without progress.

In October 2010, the passage exhausting machine achieved the congregation underground under the area of the building's central façade. Service through the passage was initiated on 8 January 2013. The track in the passage makes utilization of a framework by Edilon Sedra in which the rails are implanted in a flexible material to hose vibrations. No harm to the Sagrada Família has been accounted for to date.


The principle nave was secured and an organ introduced in mid-2010, permitting the still-incomplete working to be utilized for religious services. The congregation was sanctified by Pope Benedict XVI on 7 November 2010 before a gathering of 6,500 people. A further 50,000 individuals took after the sanctification Mass from outside the basilica, where in excess of 100 diocesans and 300 ministers were close by to offer Holy Communion. Starting on 9 July 2017, there is a global Mass celebrated at the basilica on each Sunday and heavenly day of commitment, at 9 a.m, open to general society (until the point that the congregation ought to be full). Infrequently, Mass is praised at different circumstances, where participation requires a welcome. At the point when Masses are booked, guidelines to get a welcome are posted on the basilica's site. Furthermore, guests may ask at the Chapel of the Holy Sacrament and Penitence.


On 19 April 2011, an illegal conflagrationist began a little fire in the sacristy which constrained the departure of travelers and development workers; the sacristy was harmed, and the terminate took 45 minutes to contain.


The style of la Sagrada Família is differently compared to Spanish Late Gothic, Catalan Modernism and to Art Nouveau or Catalan Noucentisme. While the Sagrada Família falls inside the Art Nouveau period, Nikolaus Pevsner calls attention to that, alongside Charles Rennie Macintosh in Glasgow, Gaudí conveyed the Art Nouveau style a long ways past its standard application as a surface decoration.

While never proposed to be a house of prayer (seat of a religious administrator), the Sagrada Família was arranged from the start to be a basilica measured building. Its ground-design has clear connects to prior Spanish churches, for example, Burgos Cathedral, Leon Cathedral and Seville Cathedral. In the same manner as Catalan and numerous other European Gothic houses of God, the Sagrada Família is short in contrast with its width, and has an extraordinary multifaceted nature of parts, which incorporate twofold walkways, a mobile with a chevet of seven apsidal sanctuaries, a large number of towers and three entryways, each generally unique in structure and in addition ornament. Where usually for basilicas in Spain to be encompassed by various houses of prayer and clerical structures, the arrangement of this congregation has a surprising component: a secured section or shelter which frames a square shape encasing the congregation and going through the narthex of every one of its three entries. With this eccentricity aside, the arrangement, impacted by Villar's grave, scarcely alludes to the many-sided quality of Gaudí's plan or its deviations from customary church architecture.


Gaudí's unique outline requires a sum of eighteen towers, speaking to in rising request of stature the Twelve Apostles, the Virgin Mary, the four Evangelists and, tallest of all, Jesus Christ. Eight towers have been worked starting at 2010, relating to four witnesses at the Nativity façade and four missionaries at the Passion façade.

As per the 2005 "Works Report" of the task's legitimate site, illustrations marked by Gaudí and as of late found in the Municipal Archives, demonstrate that the tower of the Virgin was in actuality proposed by Gaudí to be shorter than those of the evangelists. The tower stature will take after Gaudí's goal, which as indicated by the report will work with the current foundation.

The Evangelists' towers will be surmounted by models of their customary images: a winged bull (Saint Luke), a winged man (Saint Matthew), a hawk (Saint John), and a winged lion (Saint Mark). The focal tower of Jesus Christ is to be surmounted by a mammoth cross; its aggregate stature (170 meters (560 ft)) will be one meter not as much as that of Montjuïc slope in Barcelona as Gaudí trusted that his creation ought not to outperform God's. The lower towers are surmounted by fellowship has with bundles of wheat and cups with packs of grapes, speaking to the Eucharist.

The finishing of the towers will make Sagrada Família the tallest church working on the planet.


The Church will have three thousand façades: the Nativity façade toward the East, the Passion façade toward the West, and the Glory façade toward the South (yet to be finished). The Nativity Façade was worked before work was hindered in 1935 and bears the most direct Gaudí impact. The Passion façade was worked by the outline that Gaudi made in 1917. The development started in 1954, and the towers, worked over the circular arrangement, were done in 1976. It is particularly striking for its extra, withered, tormented characters, including anorexic figures of Christ being scourged at the column; and Christ on the Cross. These dubious outlines are crafted by Josep Maria Subirachs. The Glory façade, on which development started in 2002, will be the biggest and most momentous of the three and will speak to one's climb to God. It will likewise portray different scenes, for example, Hell, Purgatory, and will incorporate components, for example, the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Nativity Façade

Developed in the vicinity of 1894 and 1930, the Nativity façade was the primary façade to be finished. Devoted to the introduction of Jesus, it is brightened with scenes reminiscent of components of life. Normal for Gaudí's naturalistic style, the models are resplendently orchestrated and finished with scenes and pictures from nature, each an image in its own way. For example, the three porches are isolated by two huge segments, and at the base of every lie a turtle or a tortoise (one to speak to the land and the other the ocean; each are images of time as something set in stone and unchangeable). Rather than the figures of turtles and their imagery, two chameleons can be found at either side of the façade, and are emblematic of progress.

The façade faces the rising sun toward the upper east, an image for the introduction of Christ. It is separated into three patios, every one of which speaks to a religious ideals (Hope, Faith and Charity). The Tree of Life transcends the entryway of Jesus in the colonnade of Charity. Four towers finish the façade and are each committed to a Saint (Matthias the Apostle, Saint Barnabas, Jude the Apostle, and Simon the Zealot).

Initially, Gaudí planned for this façade to be polychromed, for each archivolt to be painted with a wide cluster of hues. He needed each statue and figure to be painted. Along these lines, the figures of people would show up as much alive as the figures of plants and animals.

Gaudí picked this façade to typify the structure and adornment of the entire church. He was very much aware that he would not complete the congregation and that he would need to set an imaginative and engineering case for others to take after. He likewise decided for this façade to be the first on which to start development and for it to be, as he would like to think, the most appealing and available to the general population. He trusted that in the event that he had started development with the Passion Façade, one that would be hard and exposed (as though made of bones), before the Nativity Façade, individuals would have pulled back at seeing it. Some of the statues were pulverized in 1936 amid the Spanish Civil War, and in this manner were reproduced by the Japanese craftsman Etsuro Sotoo.

Enthusiasm Façade

As opposed to the exceptionally adorned Nativity Façade, the Passion Façade is grave, plain and straightforward, with plentiful uncovered stone, and is cut with unforgiving straight lines to look like the bones of a skeleton. Committed to the Passion of Christ, the anguish of Jesus amid his execution, the façade was planned to depict the wrongdoings of man. Development started in 1954, after the illustrations and guidelines left by Gaudí for future engineers and stone carvers. The towers were finished in 1976, and in 1987 a group of stone carvers, headed by Josep Maria Subirachs, started work chiseling the different scenes and points of interest of the façade. They expected to give an inflexible, rakish frame to incite a sensational impact. Gaudí proposed for this façade to strike fear into the spectator. He needed to "break" circular segments and "cut" segments, and to utilize the impact of chiaroscuro (dim precise shadows differentiated by cruel unbending light) to additionally demonstrate the seriousness and severity of Christ's forfeit.

Confronting the setting sun, characteristic and representative of the demise of Christ, the Passion Façade is bolstered by six expansive and slanted sections, intended to take after Sequoia trunks. Above there is a pyramidal pediment, made up of eighteen bone-formed sections, which come full circle in a huge cross with a crown of thistles. Every one of the four towers is committed to a witness (James, Thomas, Philip, and Bartholomew) and, similar to the Nativity Façade, there are three porches, each speaking to the religious excellencies, however in a vastly different light.

The scenes etched into the façade might be separated into three levels, which climb in a S frame and imitate the Via Crucis of Christ. The least level portrays scenes from Jesus' last night before the torturous killing, including The Last Supper, Kiss of Judas, Ecce Homo, and the Sanhedrin Trial of Jesus. The center level depicts the Calvary, or Golgotha, of Christ, and incorporates The Three Marys, Saint Longinus, Saint Veronica, and an empty face hallucination of Christ on the Veil of Veronica. In the third and last level the Death, Burial and the Resurrection of Christ can be seen. A bronze figure arranged on an extension making a connection between the towers of Saint Bartholomew and Saint Thomas speaks to the Ascension of Jesus.

Grandness Façade

The biggest and most striking of the façades will be the Glory Façade, on which development started in 2002. It will be the key façade and will offer access to the focal nave. Committed to the Celestial Glory of Jesus, it speaks to the street to God: Death, Final Judgment, and Glory, while Hell is left for the individuals who go astray from God's will. Mindful that he would not live sufficiently long to see this façade finished, Gaudí made a model which was crushed in 1936, whose unique sections were base for the advancement of the outline for the façade. The fulfillment of this façade will require the decimation of the total square with structures over the Carrer de Mallorca. To achieve the Glory Portico the huge staircase will lead over the underground entry worked over Carrer de Mallorca with the design speaking to Hell and bad habit. It will be enriched with evil presences, symbols, false divine beings, apostasy and breaks, and so on. Limbo and demise will likewise be delineated, the last utilizing tombs along the ground. The patio will have seven huge sections devoted to profound blessings. At the base of the sections there will be portrayals of the Seven Deadly Sins, and at the best, The Seven Heavenly Virtues.

Inside the Sagrada Família Barcelona

The congregation design is that of a Latin cross with five passageways. The focal nave vaults achieve forty-five meters (150 ft) while the side nave vaults achieve thirty meters (100 ft). The transept has three walkways. The sections are on a 7.5 meter (25 ft) network. In any case, the segments of the apse, laying on del Villar's establishment, don't hold fast to the lattice, requiring a segment of sections of the walking to change to the matrix hence making a horseshoe example to the design of those segments. The intersection lays on the four focal sections of porphyry supporting an extraordinary hyperboloid encompassed by two rings of twelve hyperboloids (as of now under development). The focal vault achieves sixty meters (200 ft). The apse is topped by a hyperboloid vault achieving seventy-five meters (250 ft). Gaudí proposed that a guest remaining at the primary passageway have the capacity to see the vaults of the nave, intersection, and apse; in this way the graduated increment in vault hang.

There are holes in the floor of the apse, giving a view down into the sepulcher underneath.

The sections of the inside are a one of a kind Gaudí outline. Other than stretching to help their heap, their consistently changing surfaces are the consequence of the convergence of different geometric structures. The least complex illustration is that of a square base developing into an octagon as the section rises, at that point a sixteen-sided frame, and in the long run to a circle. This impact is the aftereffect of a three-dimensional convergence of helicoidal segments (for instance a square cross-area section winding clockwise and a comparative one bending counter-clockwise).

Basically none of the inside surfaces are level; the ornamentation is thorough and rich, comprising in expansive piece of theoretical shapes which consolidate smooth bends and barbed focuses. Indeed, even detail-level work, for example, the iron railings for overhangs and stairways are loaded with well proportioned elaboration.


In 2010 an organ was introduced in the presbytery by the Blancafort Orgueners de Montserrat organ manufacturers. The instrument has 26 stops (1,492 funnels) on two manuals and a pedalboard.

To conquer the one of a kind acoustical difficulties postured by the congregation's engineering and immense size, a few extra organs will be introduced at different focuses inside the building. These instruments will be playable independently (from their own particular individual consoles) and at the same time (from a solitary versatile reassure), yielding an organ of approximately 8000 funnels when completed.

Geometric points of interest

The towers on the Nativity façade are delegated with geometrically molded tops that are reminiscent of Cubism (they were done around 1930), and the many-sided enrichment is contemporary to the style of Art Nouveau, yet Gaudí's one of a kind style drew basically from nature, not different specialists or planners, and opposes order.

Gaudí utilized hyperboloid structures in later outlines of the Sagrada Família (all the more clearly after 1914), anyway there are a couple of spots on the nativity façade—a plan not likened with Gaudí's ruled-surface plan—where the hyperboloid manifests. For instance, all around the scene with the pelican there are various cases (counting the bin held by one of the figures). There is a hyperboloid adding auxiliary soundness to the cypress tree (by interfacing it to the extension). Lastly, the "religious administrator's miter" towers are topped with hyperboloid structures. In his later outlines, ruled surfaces are noticeable in the nave's vaults and windows and the surfaces of the Passion façade.


Topics all through the improvement incorporate words from the ritual. The towers are enriched with words, for example, "Hosanna", "Excelsis", and "Sanctus"; the colossal entryways of the Passion façade imitate words from the Bible in different dialects including Catalan; and the Glory façade is to be brightened with the words from the Apostles' Creed. The three passageways symbolize the three ethics: Faith, Hope and Love. Every one of them is additionally committed to a piece of Christ's life. The Nativity Façade is devoted to his introduction to the world; it additionally has a cypress tree which symbolizes the tree of life. The Glory façade is committed to his radiance period. The Passion façade is emblematic of his agony. The apse tower bears Latin content of Hail Mary. With everything taken into account, the Sagrada Família is representative of the lifetime of Christ.

Regions of the asylum will be assigned to speak to different ideas, for example, holy people, excellencies and sins, and common ideas, for example, locales, probably with adornment to coordinate.


The craftsmanship history specialist Nikolaus Pevsner, writing in the 1960s, alluded to Gaudí's structures as developing "like sugar portions and ant colony dwelling places" and depicts the ornamenting of structures with shards of broken earthenware as conceivably "awful taste" yet took care of with imperativeness and "heartless audacity".

The building's plan itself has been polarizing. Evaluations by Gaudí's kindred planners were by and large positive; Louis Sullivan enormously respected it, portraying Sagrada Família as the "best bit of inventive engineering in the last a quarter century. It is soul symbolized in stone!" Walter Gropius likewise commended the Sagrada Família, depicting the building's dividers as "a wonder of specialized perfection". Time Magazine called it "exotic, profound, unconventional, exuberant", George Orwell called it "a standout amongst the most revolting structures in the world", James A. Michener called it "one of the most odd looking genuine structures in the world" and British student of history Gerald Brenan expressed about the building "Not even in the European engineering of the period would one be able to find anything so obscene or pretentious." The building's particular outline has by the by turned out to be emblematic of Barcelona itself, drawing an expected 2.5 million guests annually.

World Heritage status

Together with six other Gaudí structures in Barcelona, some portion of la Sagrada Família is an UNESCO World Heritage Site, as affirming "to Gaudí's remarkable inventive commitment to the improvement of engineering and building innovation", "having spoken to el Modernisme of Catalonia" and "foreseen and affected a significant number of the structures and systems that were important to the advancement of present day development in the twentieth century". The engraving just incorporates the Crypt and the Nativity Façade.

Going by

Guests can get to the Nave, Crypt, Museum, Shop, and the Passion and Nativity towers. Access to both of the towers requires a reservation and propel buy of a ticket. Access is conceivable just by (lift) and a short stroll up the rest of the towers to the scaffold between the towers. Plunge is by means of an exceptionally restricted winding staircase of more than 300 stages. There is a posted alert for those with therapeutic conditions.

As of June 2017, on-line ticket buy has been accessible. As of August 2010, there had been an administration whereby guests could purchase a passage code either at Servicaixa ATM stands (some portion of "La Caixa") or online. During the pinnacle season, May to October, reservation delays for passageway of up to a couple of days are not unordinary.


Development on Sagrada Família isn't upheld by any legislature or authority church sources. Private benefactors subsidized the underlying stages. Money from tickets bought by sightseers is presently used to pay for the work, and private gifts are acknowledged through the Friends of the Sagrada Família.

The development spending plan for 2009 was €18 million.