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Sagrada Familia's Nativity Facade | A Complete Guide

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Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade

Recently declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade showcases sculptural details and depicts Jesus Christ’s birth. The facade exemplifies Antoni Gaudi's unique architectural style, with an emphasis on storytelling and creativity.

What is the Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade?

Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade
  • The Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade, designed by Antoni Gaudí, is one of the basilica's three facades.
  • It depicts the birth of Jesus Christ and is rich in religious symbolism.
  • Constructed between 1894 and 1930, the Nativity Facade is the only part of the Sagrada Familia built during Gaudi’s lifetime.
  • The facade is divided into three portals: the left one is dedicated to Joseph, the right to the Virgin Mary, and the middle is dedicated to Jesus.

Views from Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade

view from sagrada familia nativity facade

Barcelona’s landscape

Admire the spectacular Barcelona landscape standing atop the Nativity Facade.

sagrada familia view of Montjuïc Hill barcelona

Montjuïc Hill

Montjuïc Hill is the center of cultural events in Barcelona, and played a pivotal role during the 1992 Summer Olympics.

Torre Agbar

Torre Agbar

The Nativity Facade also offers mesmerizing views of Torre Agbar, a distinctive skyscraper resembling a shimmering glass and aluminum water droplet.

view from sagrada familia of mediterranean sea

The Mediterranean Sea

Sagrada Familia’s Nativity Facade is the perfect spot to watch time swing by the mighty Mediterranean Sea.

Architectural highlights of Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade

Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade - Designed by Gaudi

Designed by Gaudi

The Nativity Facade is the only one designed by Catalan designer Gaudi and built during his lifetime.

Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade - Birth of Jesus

Birth of Jesus Christ

The facade depicts the birth of Jesus Christ, featuring sculptures and reliefs.

Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade - Multiple elements

Multiple elements

The Nativity Facade includes the Holy Family, shepherds, and angels. It emphasizes naturalistic details.

Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade - Tree Trunk Column

Unique tree trunks

Gaudí was motivated by organic forms, which is evident in the Nativity Facade's design. The columns resemble tree trunks, giving it a lively form.

History of Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade

  • The Nativity Facade was conceptualized by Gaudi back in the late 19th century.
  • Construction started in 1894 and ended in 1930, with a focus on the birth of Jesus Christ.
  • The facade’s construction faced severe challenges from the Spanish Civil War and limited funding, but the project was never stopped.
  • The facade depicts scenes from the Bible and the story of the Holy Family.

Access to Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade

Access to the Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade is not included with regular tickets. You need guided tour tickets to access the tower, but check if your tickets include the option.




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Visitor tips for Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade

  • Arrive early: Arrive early in the day to avoid crowds and access the Nativity Facade of the Sagrada Familia peacefully.
  • Book online: You need special guided tour tickets to access the Nativity Facade of the Sagrada Familia. The tickets are usually available online.
  • Audio guide: Audio guides can help you learn fascinating things about the Nativity Facade. Consider getting it at a small added cost.
  • Avoid touching sculptures: Sculptures and artworks at the Nativity Facade are essential to the culture of Barcelona. Refrain from touching them.

Frequently asked questions about Sagrada Familia Nativity Facade

What is the Nativity Facade of the Sagrada Familia?

The Nativity Facade of the Sagrada Familia features sculptures depicting the birth of Jesus Christ.

Which facade is better at Sagrada Familia?

The preference for facades is subjective. The Nativity Facade, Passion Facade, and Glory Facade each have unique characteristics and artistic merits.

What does the Nativity Facade symbolize?

The Nativity Facade symbolizes the birth and early life of Jesus Christ.

What is the difference between the Nativity Facade and the Nativity Tower?

The Nativity Facade and the Nativity Tower are the same thing.

What are the 3 facades of the Sagrada Familia?

Passion, Nativity, and Glory are the three facades of Sagrada Familia.

Who designed the Nativity Facade of the Sagrada Familia?

Antoni Gaudi designed the Nativity Facade of the Sagrada Familia.