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Sagrada Família

The Sagrada Família is a basilica in Barcelona, Spain, of the Catholic Church. It is formally named the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Catalan: Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família) and is often referred to as the “Holy Family Church” in Japanese. It is a large, very ornate and elaborate, unfinished church closely associated with renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, who began its design in 1884 and continued working on it, on and off, until his death in 1926.

It is highly regarded as a masterpiece of Spanish modernist architecture and is easily one of the most visited monuments in the country. The Sagrada Família is full of facades, towers, and spires. Most of the exterior of the Sagrada Família is largely composed of crèche sculptures, multicolored stone carvings, and geometric stone structures. It has a total of 18 spires and four facades, which represent various episodes of the New Testament.

On the Nativity facade, there are three giant doorways at the base of the towers with curved structures at the top, while on the Passion façade there are three tall towers in the center. The church also includes a crypt which serves as a museum and Gaudi’s final resting place. This basilica is truly a unique and remarkable representation of religion, architecture, and culture and is a must-see destination for any tourist in Barcelona.

Sagrada Família, large unfinished basilica in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Location: Sagrada Família

Elevation above the sea: 46 m

Height: 138 m

Length: 90 m

Width: 60 m

Material: stone, concrete

Website: sagradafamilia.org


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