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Virtual tour Antoni Gaudi’s 'Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia' in the heart of Barcelona. The Sagrada Familia is famous for the unique design and also quite famous for being unfinished. The construction of this incredible temple began in 1882, when Gaudi agreed to take over a project for a new and magnificent church in Barcelona. In 2023 the church was around 80% completed. It was expected that the church would be finished in 2026, which would have been 100 years after Gaudi's tragic death in 1926, however, the completion date has now been extended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is now expected to be sometime around 2034.

Below: Sagrada Famlia temple 2023


Below: Sagrada Familia in 2011

Sagrada Familia unfinished church Barcelona

The construction of this incredible temple started in 1882, when Gaudi agreed to take over a project for a new and magnificent church in Barcelona. If it can be completed for 2026, it will be 100 years after Gaudi died in 1926.

The present chief architect is Jordi Faulí, who leads a team of 40 construction workers.  He is the ninth generation of architects to lead the building work and it is expected that Faulí will be the final architect, when this magnificent temple is finally finished 144 years after the building work started.

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How Sagrada Familia will look finished

Spectacular interior of Sagrada Familia. The sunlight through the stained glass of la Sagrada familia is amazing on sunny days.


Spanish/Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi is the genius behind the Sagrada Famila design

Antoni Gaudi

Below: Video how Gaudi´s Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona will look when finished. 

The interior of La Sagrada Familia church is finished except some details. It was consecrated by Pope Benedict in November 2010. It is quite magnificent to see the inside, but the queues to get in are very long so we recommend booking tickets in advance.


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La Sagrada Familia sky line

La Sagrada Familia in 2011. In 2013 it was 65% finished.

La Sagrada Familia sky line 2012

Interior La Sagrada Familia

Interior of La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia altar

Interior of La Sagrada Familia Altar

Passion facade and Sagrada Familia park


La Sagrada Familia Passion Facade 

How will the finished Sagrada Familia basilica look? It will have a total of 18 towers. 12 of these towers will be on three facades, the Nativity Facade, the Passion facade and the Glory facade. Each will have four towers. An additional four towers will represent the 4 evangelists. They will surround the central and largest middle tower, which will be dedicated to Jesus Christ and will be 170m/558ft high. The final tower dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary will be over the apse. The main entrance will be to left of this photo and an entire city block might be demolished to create more space around the temple.

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Glory Facade of the Sagrada Familia church when finished. This will be the main entrance of the church and the apartment block in front will be demolished.


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 Stained glass windows Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia stained glass windows

La Sagrada Familia interior ceiling

Nativity facade of Sagrada Familia by night

 La Sagrada Familia by night

Sagrada Familia during Merce 2012 light show. (This is not a recurring event) Pictures Merce Sagrada Familia light show


Sagrada Familia Christmas

Sagrada Familia - unfiinished church



Snow on Sagrada Familia during a rare Barcelona snow storm March 2010


Antoni Gaudi was deeply religious, but he did not worry about how long it would take to finish building La Sagrada Familia. 'My boss is not in a hurry, ' Gaudi famously once said.

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Below: Nativity facade. This was completed in Gaudi's lifetime before his sudden and tragic death in 1926. Gaudi died after being hit by a Barcelona tram while walking to the Sagrada Familia from his house in Park Guell.  

Nativity facade La Sagrada Familia 

The nativity facade of the Sagrada Familia has incredible detail with intricate scupltures and carvings.

 Close up of the nativity facade

Sagrada Familia means the 'Holy Family' which is the theme of nativity facade.

 Nativity facade details Sagrada Familia

The 'Passion Facade'' work started in 1954. The sculptures depicting the crucified Jesus Christ were added in 1987. When they were unveiled, the more basic and abstract style of the figures sparked a storm of debate, because the style was so very different from Gaudí's. Gaudi is most famous for his avoidance of straight lines preferring the curved lines of nature, while the sculptures on the 'Passion facade' are more linear and far from Gaudi’s style. However they are very impressive and were created by famous Catalan sculptor and artist Josep Maria Subirachs

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Views towards Montjuic hill from the towers of the passion facade.
View towards Torre Agbar near Plaça Glories. Photos Torre Agbar
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Sagrada Familia park - El Parc de la Sagrada Família

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Statue of Sant Jordi (Saint George) on Sagrada Familia passion facade. About Sant Jordi


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La Sagrada Familia will be finished in 2026. 


Gaudi - La Sagrada Familia Barcelona


Reflection of Sagrada Familia on the lake in front of Nativity facade



Pope Benedict XVI consegrated La Sagrada Familia basilica on 7 Nov 2010.


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