The Sagrada Familia is Barcelona's most famous landmark, a striking basilica designed by the great Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. A remarkable feat of the imagination and of architectural design, the Sagrada Familia was Gaudí's most audacious venture and is, as yet, still unfinished. Construction is over halfway through and expected to be finished in 2026, at the centenary of Gaudí's death. 8 of the 18 towers have been built as well as 2 of the facades - the Nativity Facade and the Passion Facade, making it an instantly recognisable silhouette in the Barcelona skyline.
Along with 7 other works by Gaudí in the city, the Sagrada Familia is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaudí's style was heavily influenced by Gothic architecture but also by nature, and his designs are very organic, with the columns and hyperbolids of the vaults often likened to trees with leaves spreading light through the forest. The past, present and future of the Sagrada Familia is explored in the attached museum, where models, photos, plans, decorative objects and a film take you through the details of the construction of this amazing architectural feat.
Audioguides are available in English or you can take a guided tour which lasts around 1 hour. There is also the chance to take a lift up to the top of the towers for some wonderful views over the city. The shop on your way out sells many items related to Gaudi and his works, so be sure to pick up a souvenir of this incredible place and its inspired creator.