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La Sagrada Familia Church in Barcelona

380One of the highlights of our trip to Barcelona was visiting La Sagrada Familia.

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large Catholic church designed by Antoni Gaudí.  It was less than 1/4 complete at the time of his death in 1926 and currently its about 1/2 complete.  The Basílica is quite unconventional and unique from any other church I’ve visited.  One of the facades is more conventional but the inside, decorations, geometry and the like are completely unique.

Frankly, I loved it.  It was unexpected but grand and beautiful yet strange in parts.  I could’ve spent hours inside the main sanctuary.

The first thing we did upon arriving was take the elevator to the top of one of the towers.  Here we got great views of the city.

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From there, we had to walk down a tiny spiral staircase which kind of freaked all of us out. I got a bit dizzy from going around and around and around for nearly 400 steps.

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Down, down, down we go

Down, down, down we go

After we recovered from walking down the tower, we explored the main sanctuary.

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Some pictures of the outside:

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Logistics: We bought our tickets ahead of time from the official website.  We bought tickets for the basilica and for the towers.  The tickets for the tower had a specific time so we entered the basilica about 15 minutes before our tower time, navigated to the tower, and up we went.  FYI, if you’re really scared of heights or get bad claustrophobia, it might be best to skip the tower part.

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