Posted by: Debra Kolkka | June 6, 2015

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia is Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece. Even surrounded by cranes it is magnificent.

Sagrada Familia

Construction began in 1882 and Gaudi took over the project a year later. It is a mixture of Gothic and Art Nouveau design. Gaudi devoted his last years to the church. When he died in 1926 less than a quarter of the building was completed.

The outside of the building is a bit of a mixture of designs, some I like more than others.

Sagrada Familia

As fabulous as the outside is, I think it is the interior that is the real star. You could seriously develop a neck problem if you spent too much time in the church. Perhaps they need to provide flat beds so you don’t get a crick in your neck from looking up.


Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia


Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

We booked online to get a time to enter the building, which was a great idea. We also booked a time to take the evelator to the top of one of the towers. We then walked across the top of the church and  down the spiral staircase, stopping along the way to admire the view and bits of the church.

This is looking down the spiral staircase.

Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

…and this is looking up.

Sagrada Familia

Work continues on Sagrada Familia and it is hoped it will be completed in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death.

Don’t miss the Sagrada Familia and do book ahead…be prepared for big crowds.



  1. Fab pics truly the ultimate church

    • It is breathtaking, especially the interior.

  2. Amazingly unique isn’t it. One of the many highlights in Barcelona.

    • Barcelona is stunning. The Gaudi buildings alone can keep you busy for days.

  3. Great photos Debra- agree that the true masterpiece is the inside! One of the most amazing buildings we have ever visited!

    • It is an incredible building. The detail of both outside and inside is mind boggling.

  4. Hi Debra, Fabulous wonderful unique amazing and out of this world – there aren’t enough adjectives to describe it. We only saw the outside and were blown away. Think I’ll have to go back and see the inside. Thanks for the stunning photographs.

    • You must go back to see the interior, it is amazing.

  5. It is a fabulous building which conveys Gaudi’s deep faith and spirituality. And your photos are superb, Debra!

    • It is absolutely incredible. Photos don’t really convey the size and magnificence, I think you have to be there.

  6. This has been on my bucket list for years. What an inspiration in design and spirit.

    • We have been twice and I hope to return to see the progress.

  7. Magnificient!

    • It is an amazing experience to be inside the building.

  8. The interior is, as you say, completely breathtaking. The outside is quite extraordinary – extraordinary in its conception let alone its construction, but parts of it did make me think of that song which I think is called MacArthur’s Park – about someone having left the icing in the rain! Whatever, I really want to experience that building.

    • We have been twice, it is incredible. We will return.

  9. Most of us know the place . . . but may I most sincerely compliment you on and say ‘thank you’ for those unreal photos which take us where most other visitors have not . . . still scrolling back and forth!!

    • You could sit in there for days taking it all in.

  10. Miraculous!

  11. Interestingly, I’ve never seen pics of the inside. Equally unique. I get the impression you recommend the trip to the tower.

    • I definitely recommend the tower. The steps down are a bit scary, but excellent.

      • I assume steep.

      • They are steep and narrow, but you can hang on to the side wall.

  12. Wow these are some amazing pictures Debra! Love all the different angles you captured.

    • It is a stunning building.

  13. The last time I looked at the Sagrada Familia was back in 1992 – there was no roof then and no queues. I’m not sure if we were even charged to walk up to the top of the older towers. My girlfriend and I sat at the top, smoked a joint and watched the sunset, which was spectacular, but walking down the staircase (in your pictures) in the dark was quite an adventure!

    • That staircase is still difficult. Light comes in through the windows and your eyes adjust to that, then it becomes dark again and you really have to think about where to put your feet.

      • Back then there were no lights on the stairs and we were walking down after sunset 😉

  14. That building is just beyond belief. Thanks for photographic proof! The looking-up shots of the interior give me the feeling of being inside some amazing, live sea creature. I somehow doubt that’s what Gaudi was going for, but who knows?

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