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Inside Sagrada Familia – interiors of Gaudi’s Barcelona Church

Sagrada Familia Inside

Of the 5 million-plus tourists who visit Sagrada Familia every year, some go back without getting inside Gaudi’s church in Barcelona.

Smarter tourists go inside Sagrada Familia and enjoy the interiors of Gaudi’s masterpiece.

Many tourists ask the question, “Is it worth buying a ticket and going inside Sagrada Familia?”

Well, the short answer is “Yes,” you must check out Sagrada Familia’s interiors. For the long answer, continue reading.

About Sagrada Familia

Antoni Gaudí was a genius architect and his methods continue to be considered revolutionary, a century after he used them.

He used his buildings to communicate the Christian belief and message of the Evangelists. However, you don’t need to be a believer to appreciate Sagrada Familia both from outside and inside.

Sagrada Familia is made up of 18 towers, each of which has a special significance. The tower dedicated to Jesus Christ is in the middle and four towers representing the Gospels surround it on all sides.

The tower above the apse, which can be identified by the star, represents Virgin Mary. The remaining 12 towers represent the 12 Apostles, who carried on Jesus work.

All these towers and rest of the building make three facades – the Nativity facade, the Passion facade and the Glory facade. Nativity facade is about Jesus’ birth, Passion facade is about his suffering and death and Glory facade (which is yet to be completed) is about his resurrection.

When you buy Sagrada Familia tickets, you can see all of this by just walking around the church. Some visitors do just that – they don’t go inside Sagrada Familia to see the interiors. Some prefer to go up the Sagrada Familia towers.

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Inside Sagrada Familia

Pope Benedict XVI consecrated Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece in 2010 after which international and special mass was started and tourists were also allowed inside. Schedule of mass in Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia Basilica was now more than just an architectural stop for tourists. Now tourists were lining up in droves to go inside Sagrada Familia and appreciate its interiors.

It is interesting to note that even thoughPope Benedict XVI announced it as a Basilica, most people still refer to it as Sagrada Familia Cathedral.

Lights and colors inside Sagrada Familia

Be it Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, Park Guell or Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi has always loved playing with lights and colors.

One of the best parts about Sagrada Familia interiors is watching the sunlight seep through the stained glass in the Basilica. It is harmonious with rest of the structure and accentuates the intricate detailing inside the church.

With the branching columns heading for the sky and the rays of light falling on you, it feels as if you are in a forest. A jungle full of trees with the sun rays trying to reach you.

With no lines and no flat surfaces, the designs inside the church are comprehensive and rich. You won’t repent your decision to step inside Sagrada Familia.

Is going inside Sagrada Familia worth it?

Sagrada Familia Interior
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Is the Sagrada Familia interior worth it?

The short answer is, “Yes, it is.”

The cheapest way to see the insides of Sagrada Familia is by buying the regular Sagrada Familia ticket with no tower access.

However, the best way to explore the interiors is by touring with a guide. After all, a local with extensive knowledge can make the trip interesting. Check out the guided tour of Sagrada Familia with no tower access.

As for why we think going inside Sagrada Familia is worth it, sheck out our reasons below –

1. The entry tickets are cheap

The cheapest Sagrada Familia ticket which allows you inside Sagrada Familia is only 15 Euros. That is, you get to see 130 years of Gaudi’s work in just 15 Euros.

This ticket money also goes in as your contribution towards building Europe’s largest Church. Don’t you want that bragging right?

2. It is the Spanish thing!

Every city has one identifier attached to their personality. London has the Big Ben, Paris has the Eiffel Tower, New York has the Statue of Liberty.

Similarly, Barcelona in Spain has Sagrada Familia. How can you plan a holiday in Barcelona without going inside Sagrada Familia?

3. You can avoid the queues

If you do two things you can avoid the queue at Sagrada Familia, thus making it a quick trip. First, find out the best time to visit Sagrada Familia, and second buy Sagrada Familia ticket online.

When you buy your ticket online, you don’t wait at the serpentine queues outside the ticketing office. You only have a brief wait at the entry point of the church.

When you won’t waste your time waiting to buy your tickets, what you see inside Sagrada Familia is worth the time spent.

4. It is a great photo opportunity

Inside Sagrada Familia church
Image: Yen Baet on Flickr

Sagrada Familia inside is a great photo opportunity because most of the attractions are above the eye level.

Usually, when we visit a crowded tourist spot it is difficult to take nice photographs because of all the people who get into the frame.

Inside Sagrada Familia, this doesn’t happen. If you love photography, this is a dream destination.

5. Sagrada Familia is a different church

Some tourists believe if you have seen one church, you have seen all churches. Please don’t fall into that trap for Sagrada Familia is as imposing inside as it is outside.

Most churches are dark and cold. Further, the traditional churches use dark colors to create a somber mood for worship.

Gaudi decided to do away with this approach and used pale colors, which get accentuated by the sun rays which get in through the stained glasses.

6. It doesn’t take long

You can enjoy Sagarad Familia interior in less than an hour. Yes, that’s all it takes.

You can combine your trip inside Sagrada Familia with your visit up the Nativity tower or Passion tower as well. For this you need to buy Sagrada Familia tickets with Tower access. More about Sagrada Familia ticket options

You can walk around the church and see the interior and then go up the tower or see the tower first and then go around the church.

**SAVE TIME & MONEY – Book Online Tickets**

Buy TicketsFast Track Sagrada Familia ticket + Nativity Tower access

Buy TicketsFast Track Sagrada Familia ticket + Passion Tower access

If you prefer a local to be your guide as you explore Sagrada Familia and climb up the tower of your choice, we recommend this ticket –

Buy TicketsGuided tour of Sagrada Familia + Tower access

If you have decided to NOT go up the tower, you can either book a regular Sagrada Familia ticket with no tower access or a guided tour of Sagrada Familia with no tower access.

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