The Sagrada Familia is the absolute most famous monument there is in all of Barcelona, receiving the visit of millions of locals and foreigners every single year. If you don’t want to be left waiting in line, it pays to know how and where you can buy your tickets before you arrive.
ShBarcelona will guide you step by step on how to buy tickets to La Sagrada Familia.
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What you need to know about the Sagrada Familia Barcelona
How to buy Sagrada Familia tickets
Tickets to the Sagrada Familia can be bought directly at the ticket offices which are located just outside the monument but there are great advantages to buying your ticket online.
If you go to the official website, you will be able to purchase your tickets in advance, which is not only cheaper but it will save you a lot of time since most days there is an enormous queue to go in, that usually goes around the block.
The prices of the tickets are as follows and only available online (there is no ticket office where you can buy your tickets anymore!):
- Regular tickets for individuals: 26€ online for a ticket with app audioguide. 27€ for a guided tour. Students get a discount of 2€ by showing their student card. Young people with a Carnet Jove card get 50% off. Seniors and disabled people get a discount. Children under 11 years old can go in for free. Be aware that additional services must always be paid for, even when your entrance is free.
- Group tickets for the Sagrada Familia: 27€. The guided tours are given in English, French, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or German. Maximum number of people in a group: 20.
Be advised: the towers are sometimes closed to the public due to construction work, so make sure to check online if they are open before purchasing your tickets.
How to get to the Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is located at Carrer de Mallorca, 401, in the neighborhood of La Sagrada Familia that has the same name as the monument. The easiest way to get there is by using the purple (L2) or blue (L5) line of the metro, exiting at “Sagrada Familia”.
You can also get to the Sagrada Familia by using buses number 19, 33, 34, 43, 44, 50, 51, B20, and B24.
Working hours of the Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia is open from 9 am to 6 pm, but sometimes there are different opening times when there is a special event in the basilica.
The Sagrada Familia is one of the few monuments that remain open on the 25th and 26th of December and on the 1st and 6th of January (all of which are local holidays) from 9 am to 2 pm.
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A little bit of history
La Sagrada Familia cathedral was designed by Antoni Gaudí, one of the most respected Catalan architects to ever exist. Gaudí was the brilliant mind behind several of the city’s landmarks, such as Casa Batlló, La Pedrera, and Park Güell.
The Sagrada Familia began being constructed at the beginning of the 1880s and it is still under construction today. To create the Sagrada Familia, Gaudí developed ingenious new shapes, most of them inspired by shapes that already existed in nature.
This is something that he also did when creating many of his other works. Unfortunately, Gaudí passed away before his Magnum Opus was finished, and the work was picked up by different architects who are helping bring Gaudí‘s vision to life.
The techniques that have been used since Gaudí’s passing have been a subject of controversy since some of the architects have decided to venture away from Gaudí‘s original style. The Sagrada Familia has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, like many other works by the visionary architect.
The fact that the basilica has been under construction for over a century is part of the monument’s charm and history since the skyline around Sagrada Familia has always been dotted with construction cranes.
It is estimated that construction will end in the year 2026, which makes the whole world wonder what will the monument look like when it is finally completed, especially due to the fact that the work is being carried out by different architects.
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