20 Sagrada Familia Facts

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Sagrada Família inside view

Fun and Interesting Facts About Sagrada Familia

  1. Gaudí disliked straight lines and angles because they don’t often appear naturally. Instead, he based his design on the swirling curves of nature.

  2. The construction of La Sagrada Familia has been funded by donations.

  3. The Sagrada Familia has lights all around it, so at night, it glows a bright yellow/gold colour.

  4. Sagrada Familia is the largest tourist attraction in Spain.

  5. Sagrada Familia it will be Europe’s tallest Cathedral, once it’s completed.

  6. La Sagrada Família will take longer to complete than the Egyptian pyramids.

  7. La Sagrada Familia was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984.

  8. Pope Benedict XVI declared it a basilica in 2010.

  9. An Organ was installed in 2010, making it possible to hold religious services.

  10. When Completed the La Sagrada Familia will have 18 towers, 12 towers will represent the Apostles, four will represent the Evangelists, one to the Virgin Mary and the last tower, the highest one will be in the middle and represent Jesus Christ.

  11. Gaudí believed that no man-made object should be constructed higher than the work of God, when the Basilica is completed it will stand at 170 meters and will be one meter less than the highest point in Barcelona, Montjuïc hill.

  12. La Sagrade Familia full name is La Sagrada Familia is Basilica I Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia.

  13. La Sagrada Familia will have three facades when complete, including the Glory façade to the south, the Nativity façade to the east, and the Passion façade to the west.

  14. The Construction of the Basilica began in 1882.

  15. The two people buried in the crypt are Gaudi and Josep Maria Bocabella.

  16. Gaudi’s work was largely inspired by nature.

  17. Art nouveau architect Antoní Gaudí dedicated more than 40 years of his life to its construction.

  18. There’s an elevator inside that goes to the top of one of the towers.

  19. During the Spanish Civil war in 1936, most of all Gaudi’s plans for the church were damaged or lost.

  20. Every year more than 3 million tourists visit Sagrada Familia.

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