The One Thing You MUST DO in Barcelona — The Sagrada Familia

Seriously, mind blowing.

Photos from Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

One of the reasons I wanted to go to Barcelona is because I’ve always wanted to see the Sagrada Família Basílica. The photos and videos I had seen of it don’t seem real and I wanted to see it with my own two eyes.

My suspicions were right because the place is unbelievable. And then when you put it into the context that Antonio Gaudí started working on it in 1883. 1883 people!?! It just doesn’t seem possible.

If you are in Barcelona and only have time to do one thing, I would highly recommend the Sagrada Família. If you can get tickets in advance to skip the ticket line, that is best. Depending on when you go it could still take you 30 minutes to an hour to get in, and then you’ll be in there for at least 30 minutes with your mouth agape questioning your path in life.

Experiencing the work of such a forward-thinker like Gaudí is truly inspiring. It also makes you think long and hard about your own life and if you will ever create anything remotely memorable or meaningful.

The Sagrada Família is so stunning you will feel as though you were transported to another place and time. Gaudí got his inspiration from nature, which he felt was from God. A kind of natural engineering that is now called biomimetics. He did go to architecture school, so it wasn’t like he just made it all up — he had a foundation of building structure, but he found his inspiration in the curved organic structures of nature.

Gaudí died in 1926, and the Sagrada Familia is still under construction to this day and is scheduled to be completed in 2026. Read more about the Sagrada Familia here and here.

I took a quick video inside for you to see (below), but it doesn’t even begin to do it justice.

 

Exterior of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Outside of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Details of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Inside the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Light coming in the stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Inside the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Columns in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Ceiling of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Ceiling of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Interior of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Stained glass windows in the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Light coming in the stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Architecture at the Sagrada Familia

Architecture at the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona Spain.

Details inside the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Warm light coming in the stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Light coming in the stained glass windows of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Photo Diary of the Sagrada Familia

Photo Diary of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Photos of the Sagrada Familia on MegBiram.com

Carved door at the Sagrada Familia

Staircase inside the Sagrada Familia

Amazing ceiling in the Sagrada Familia Basilica.

Amazing ceiling in the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona

Large columns in the Sagrada Familia Basilica.

Construction on the exterior of the Sagrada Familia.

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain

Photos by Meg Biram. Do not use without written permission.