Discover the latest advances in the construction of the Sagrada Familia

Progress in the construction of the Sagrada Familia: the most visited church in Europe after St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican

The great milestones in the construction of the temple are well worth revisiting!

Gaudí’s basilica, begun in 1882 and still unfinished, is the greatest exponent of Catalan modernist architecture. It has been under construction for 141 years and it seems that its completion could be in 2026.

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We dedicate this post to share the great advances of recent years according to the Expiatory Temple Construction Board:

  • Conditioning of the Cruise Room at 60 meters high and provisional access has been enabled.
  • Culmination of the towers of the evangelists Matthew and John. The scaffolding will be dismantled in October so the towers can be seen from the street. The blessing of these towers will be on November 12 along with the inauguration of the lighting, which will continue until Christmas.
  • Progress in the construction of the Torre de Jesús, which has reached the ninth level of the twelve planned for the trunk before starting the terminal. It currently measures 131 meters high.
  • Restoration of the towers of the Nativity façade, with work on the towers of Judas, Matthias, Bernabé and Simón, including cleaning and replacement of elements.
  • Progress in the construction of the Chapel of the Assumption, which already has foundations, sections of the cloister and a basement at least eleven meters deep.
  • Work in the basements intended for museums and workshops, with 3,500 square meters excavated at least five meters.
  • Beginning of the foundations and the basement slab of the Baptistery, located on the corner of Sardenya and Mallorca streets.
  • Resumption of work on the roofs of the side naves, which will have windows to allow natural light to enter over the nave skylights.

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The new star of the Sagrada Familia: one more in the sky, a symbol of union and solidarity

The installation of the large luminous star on the tower of the Virgin Mary in the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia marks a significant step in its construction, being more relevant than other previous architectural additions. The archbishop of Barcelona mentioned this fact as historic. During the presentation, it was highlighted that the star stands on the Barcelona skyline with the intention of being a symbol of unity for the entire city.

At the official religious event prior to the illumination on December 8, 2022, a message from Pope Francis was broadcast emphasizing the importance of the star as a beacon that encourages daily gestures of love, brotherhood and care for those most in need. The intention is that this addition will not only have architectural significance, but also promote values ??of solidarity and togetherness in the community.

The star that hangs 138 meters high in the Basilica has 12 points, a diameter of 12.5 meters and weighs around 5.5 tons. Its design was complex and its approximate cost was 1.5 million euros. It has been built with textured glass and stainless steel to resist strong impacts, even from elements moving at 100 kilometers per hour. During the day, it will reflect sunlight, and at night, it will be illuminated from the inside by means of spotlights installed at the base of the tips.

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Book your visit to the Sagrada Familia in advance

We remind you that prior reservation is necessary to visit the temple in order to avoid queues and overcrowding. It is necessary to make a prior reservation. We recommend doing so via the website, the most convenient and easiest way. Website to reserve here.

Ah! It is convenient for you to know that the location of the Hotel Continental Barcelona and the Hotel Continental Palacete is perfect, in the center of the city, and a 15-minute walk away from the Sagrada Familia!

See you soon!