The Sagrada Familia Crypt is the final resting place of the mastermind architect behind the Basilica - Antoni Gaudi. Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, the crypt was the first venue within the Sagrada Basilica to open its doors to the public for worship. Every Sunday, mass is held within the crypt. Read on to learn more about how and when to visit the crypt, what to see, the rich history behind its construction, and more.
The Sagrada Familia crypt, located one level below the apse of the Basilica, is the resting place of Antoni Gaudi, the man behind the Sagrada Familia.
It consists of four chapels dedicated to the Virgin of El Carmen (the site of Gaudí's tomb), Christ, the Virgin of Montserrat, and Christ on the Cross (the site of the tomb of Josep María Bocabella). When you look toward the sky, you’ll see a beautiful sculpted image of the Annunciation to Mary, right at the point where the arches of the crypt meet. Looking down, you’ll see that the floor of the crypt is covered in a breathtaking mosaic of Roman origin.
A. The Sagrada Familia crypt is one of the only parts of the Basilica that was completed while Gaudi was alive. It is a place of worship and the final resting place of Antoni Gaudi.
A. Yes, the crypt has limited hours where it is open to the public, apart from the mass timings.
A. The tour of the crypt will be included in your entry ticket into the Basilica. A separate ticket is not required.
A. The crypt was initiated based on the designs of Paula del Villar, however, it was completed by the architect Antoni Gaudi.
A. Some must-sees within the Sagrada Familia crypt include the mosaics, the altar, and the Annunciation to Mary.
A. The main architect of the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudi, is buried in the chapel of the Virgen del Carmen, one of the four chapels within the Sagrada Familia crypt. The crypt is also the burial site of Josep María Bocabella, who was responsible for the idea of building La Sagrada Familia.
A. While on a tour visit to the crypt, pictures are allowed. However, during mass hours, any photography or videography is prohibited.
A. Aside from mass hours, the crypt is open between 9-10 AM and 6-9 PM (Monday to Friday) and between 9 AM-2 PM and 6-9 PM (Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays).
A. Mass at the Sagrada Familia crypt is held in Catalan and Spanish. Catalan mass timings are Monday to Friday – 8:15 PM; Saturday – 7:30 PM; Sunday – 10:30 AM, 1 PM, and 6:30 PM. Spanish mass timings are Monday to Saturday – 9 AM; Sunday – 11:45 AM & 8.15 PM.
A. Mass at the main church is by invitation only, and is conducted in various languages. Mass in the Sagrada Familia crypt is free, however, it is on a first come first serve basis.