Explore the Sagrada Familia Crypt | Architecture, History, Highlights & Visitor Information

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.

What is the Sagrada Familia Crypt?

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The 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.

Visiting the Sagrada Familia Crypt

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Who Designed the Crypt of Sagrada Familia?

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Design & Architecture of the Sagrada Familia Crypt

Gaudi did away with the neo-gothic style of Paula del Villar and added his own elements of naturalist design. The crypt contains four chapels, in the middle of which is the altar. The main vault is slightly elevated to allow for the free flow of light and air. The crypt is known for its ancient Roman mosaic flooring. It also houses the tabernacle, a small-cupboard-looking structure with the Holy Cross on top. 

Who is Buried in the Sagrada Familia Crypt?

The Sagrada Familia crypt is where the tomb of Antoni Gaudi is located. Most of his life was dedicated to the construction of this masterpiece, and it was the perfect place to lay him to rest. His tomb rests within the chapel of the Virgen del Carmen - la verge del Carme - to the left of the altar in the crypt.

The Chapel of the Crucified Christ is also the site of the tomb of Josep María Bocabella, the man who was responsible for the idea of building the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Sagrada Familia Crypt

Q. What is the Sagrada Familia crypt?

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.

Q. Can I visit the Sagrada Familia crypt?

A. Yes, the crypt has limited hours where it is open to the public, apart from the mass timings.

Q. Do I need a ticket to go inside the Sagrada Familia crypt?

A. The tour of the crypt will be included in your entry ticket into the Basilica. A separate ticket is not required.

Q. Who designed the Sagrada Familia crypt?

A. The crypt was initiated based on the designs of Paula del Villar, however, it was completed by the architect Antoni Gaudi.

Q. What are some must-see highlights inside the Sagrada Familia crypt?

A. Some must-sees within the Sagrada Familia crypt include the mosaics, the altar, and the Annunciation to Mary.

Q. Who is buried in the crypt of Sagrada Familia?

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.

Q. Can I take pictures inside the Sagrada Familia crypt?

A. While on a tour visit to the crypt, pictures are allowed. However, during mass hours, any photography or videography is prohibited.

Q. What are the Sagrada Familia crypt opening hours?

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).

Q. What are the mass timings at Sagrada Familia crypt?

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.

Q. Do I need a ticket to attend mass at Sagrada Familia?

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.