10 Interesting Facts About Gaudi's Basilica
Located in the district of Eixample in the city of Barcelona, Spain, the Sagrada Família is a minor basilica that was designed by Catalonian architect Antoni Gaudí. The church was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2010 and is viewed as an “extraordinary” piece of Gothic architecture.
Read on to find out some more interesting facts about the Sagrada Família!
10 Interesting Sagrada Familia Facts
4. The Church Was the Idea of a Bookseller
The Sagrada Família was the brainchild of Josep María Bocabella, a devout Catholic and the founder of the Asociación Espiritual de Devotos de San José (Spiritual Association of Devotees of St. Joseph). Following a pilgrimage to Rome in 1872, Bocabella decided to build the structure in Barcelona. After some years of looking for the right plot for the church, the first stone of the Sagrada Família was laid in March 1882.
6. It is Barcelona’s Number-One Tourist Attraction
Boasting over 4.7 million tourists in 2019, the Sagrada Família has become one of Barcelona’s most prominent attractions. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to shut its doors to the public in March 2020. It was reopened in 2021.
7. The Church Became Gaudí’s Most Prolific Work
Much like Bocabella, Antoni Gaudí was a devout Catholic himself and spent the final 12 years of his life dedicated to building the Sagrada Família, alongside periods of prayer and fasting. He lived in abject poverty with intent and intended for the Sagrada Família to be a “cathedral for the poor”. He is famously quoted as saying, “My client is not in a hurry.” Ironically, he was run over by a tram a few streets away from the Sagrada Família.
8. The Sagrada Família is Not Barcelona’s Cathedral Church
Despite its prominence and splendor, the Archdiocese of Barcelona does not regard the Sagrada Família as the cathedral church of the city. That honor, instead, belongs to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sagrada Familia Facts
A. The Sagrada Família is a minor basilica designed by Catalonian architectural pioneer Antoni Gaudi.
A. The Sagrada Família is an unfinished structure, and is currently the largest unfinished Catholic church in the world.
A. The Sagrada Família’s chief architectural figure is Antoni Gaudi, who dedicated the remainder of his life to the construction of the church. The church was conceptualized by a bookseller named Josep María Bocabella.
A. The Sagrada Família is 140 years old, having begun construction in 1882.
A. The Sagrada Família is estimated for completion in the year 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death.