The beginnings of the Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família date back to 1866, when Josep Maria Bocabella i Verdaguer founded the Associació Espiritual de Devots de Sant Josep (Spiritual Association of the Devotees of Saint Joseph), which in 1874 began campaigning for the construction of an expiatory temple dedicated to the Holy Family. In 1881, thanks to several donations, the Association purchased a 12,800-m² plot of land, delimited by Marina, Provença, Sardenya, and Mallorca streets, to build the Temple.
The cornerstone was laid on 19 March, the feast of Saint Joseph, in 1882 in a solemn event presided over by the bishop of Barcelona, Joseph Urquinaona. This kicked off the construction, which began with the crypt under the apse following the neo-Gothic design of diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, the Temple's first architect. Just a short while later, due to differences of opinion with the developers, he stepped down and the position was given to Antoni Gaudí.
2019 year the Sagrada Família Temple was finally granted the building permit it applied for in 1885
Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, La Sagrada Familia is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions. In this post we answer some common questions and share some tips that will help you make the most of your visit. Including how to avoid the queues !
The Sagrada Familia receives approximately 4.5 million visitors each year. To avoid overcrowding at peak times, the number of tickets are limited and they have fixed entry times.
The downside is that the queues to buy tickets can be extremely long. Worse still, after enduring the queue, you might find that there are no time slots available until the following day.
How can I avoid the queues at the Sagrada Familia?
In an attempt to reduce the queues, the basilica sells tickets online via its official website. The basic ticket price is currently €17. When booking online you download your tickets as a PDF file which you can print out or show on your smartphone.
Official Sagrada Familia website - https://sagradafamilia.org/en/tickets
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