Sagrada FamiliaMy rating: 5 stars+ THE must-see in Barcelona! An impressive church, inside and out!
- If you want to purchase the ticket at the ticket office, you have to cover between 30 minutes and 5 hours between purchasing your ticket and actually entering. The costs on-site are also higher then online!
Piece of advice: Plan your visit from home and buy online Tickets in advance!
Last updated: 07 Jan 2020 | Celine Mülich
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Be aware: * Children under 6 years are not allowed on the towers. * People with handicaps should know that you go up by elevator, but you have to go down a little stairway! * Ticketbar is adding a fee for Sagrada Familia Tickets. But by buying through my website and them, you could support my work and in case of problems I am here to help you!
Buy Online Ticket
The classic one!
Prices: €25 Euro for people over 30 years (fee included) €22,50 for People under 30 years (fee included) €20 Euro for people over 65 years (fee included) free for children under 11 years
Be aware: * Ticketbar is adding a fee for Sagrada Familia Tickets. But by buying through my website and them, you could support my work and in case of problems I am here to help you!
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The Power Pass!
There are 3 versions: 1. Sagrada Familia online Ticket + Park Güell online Ticket + Hop-on Bus + Airport Bus starting at 80 Euro 2. Sagrada Familia Guided Tour + Park Güell online Ticket + Hop-on Bus + Airport Bus starting at 101 Euro 3. Sagrada Familia with Audioguide and Tower + Park Güell online Ticket + Hop-on Bus + Airport Bus starting at 98,50 Euro
* You will have to choose a timeslot while booking. After the payment you'll receive an exact time within this timeslot for entering the Sagrada Familia. Make sure to be avaidabel for the whole timeslot.
Piece of advice: You can't cancel the tickets for the Sagrada Familia, because they are booked on your name. So be attentive when booking your tickets: check your order and be sure you booked the right offer!
*Little information about the towers: 1. You will go up by elevator, but you have to go down by walking some (narrow) spiral staircase! Please keep that in mind when booking the Tower+Audioguide- Admission. 2. Children under 6 years are not allowed on the towers. 3. Adolescent under the age of 16 are only allowed to enter the towers with their parents.
BarcelonaCard: Save 1 Euro! (buy online), but you will have to stand in line
Audio guide: Admission + Audioguide: on-site: €29 Online: for €26, reduced €24 (available in English) Or via Tiqets: starting at €26
Tours: Public tours: On-site: Admission + public Tour for €31 Online: Admission + public Tour for €27, reduced €25 (50 minutes, ask at the ticket office or buy online). Languages: regularly offered in Spanish and English; French on Saturdays; Italian on Sundays with TicketBar: €44.50, duration 1,5 - 2 hours, easy booking process
Towers: Admission + Tower + Audioguide: On-site: €38 Online: €33, reduced €31 with TicketBar: €41.25, reduced €38.75 easy booking process Info: access to one tower only (either the side of Gaudí’s Nativity Façade or the side of the Passion Façade)
How to get there: L2 (purple line), L5 (blue line): Sagrada Família
And what’s there to see?
The Sagrada Família is THE main sightseeing attraction in Barcelona. Its history and view from the outside alone are enough of a reason to go and take a look. But the inside is wonderful, too. Once you’re past the waiting period and enter, you can’t help but be amazed. You can love it or hate it – but you absolutely must see it.
In addition to the church itself, there is what’s known as an “Espai”. It helps you understand the way in which the architectural elements are linked to nature. There’s also a museum below the Basilica – don’t worry, it’s already included in the price. There you can see old photographs, drawings, models, and short films on the building of the cathedral.
You can also visit the towers – this, however, will cost a little bit extra. Also, each tower ticket is valid for only one of the towers – you can either climb to the top of the side of Gaudí’s Nativity Façade, or you can choose the side of Subirach’s Passion Façade. But only one or the other per ticket.
Some advice on preparing for the visit:
The Sagrada Família has changed the admission rules in early 2015. You used to be able to simply get in line (unless you had an online ticket), and once your waiting time was over, you could enter the cathedral.
Now, there are timed tickets only, and only a limited number of people will be granted access at any given time. This means for you that, if you purchase a ticket on-site, you will be assigned a time. So it’s possible that you may have to wait between 30 and 90 minutes before actually entering the cathedral after purchasing the ticket.
Delays are possible, especially during summer. On some days, you might still encounter an actual line of people waiting, though this has become very rare. Instead of waiting in line, you will usually have to spend a longer period of time doing something else.
1. So purchase your timed ticket online, ahead of time. You can plan your day much better if you do – for instance, you can click here, purchase a ticket via TicketBar, and then simply go to Sagrada Família at the assigned time. While this will cost you the 4,25 Euro processing fee charged by TicketBar. But the time saved is worth it! Regular admission (via TicketBar): €25 For people under 30 years: €22.50 For people over 65 years: €20
2. You can use TicketBar to purchase not only an admission ticket, but a tour, too. Your tour guide will tell you everything important there is to know about Sagrada Família. The price is €44,50 per person.
Unfortunately, it is forbidden to publish photographs from the inside of Sagrada Familia.
A history of the Sagrada Família
The Sagrada Família is the “incomplete church” – after all, it’s been under construction for over 130 years, despite the improved construction conditions due to technology. Nevertheless, there are rumors that the church is to be completed by 2026 – the centenary of Gaudí’s death.
Construction began in 1883. Antonio Gaudí (1852 - 1926) was not initially in charge of construction. Instead, the project was headed by Francesc de Paula del Villar, who moved on to other projects as early as 1884. Gaudí then took over for the next 42 years! The last 12 years of his life were completely dedicated to the Sagrada’s construction, he even lived on-site!
Under Gaudí’s tenure, the Apsis (1891-1895), part of the cloistered courtyard, the part known as the Temple school (1909 - 1910), and, the most important part, the Nativity Façade (1925), were completed. After Gaudí’s death, the Nativity Façade’s bell towers were completed. And then came the Spanish Civil War.
It took until 1954 for construction to start up again, in the western part – the Passion Façade, which shows the sufferings of Jesus Christ. The Catalan artist Josep Maria Subirach took over the sculpting work in 1986.
Currently, the Glory Façade and the remaining towers (the final number will be 18) are being built, following plans made by Gaudí. However, Gaudí’s Nativity Façade remains the thing the Sagrada Família is famous for. Nowadays, the admission fees go towards the construction project.