Staycation at Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia views - The cat, you and us

Happy touristy day!

We finally have in the blog the most famous landmark in Barcelona: La Sagrada Familia. We celebrated my mom’s belated birthday by booking tickets to discover its bright interior, and it was also my mom’s first time ever visiting the whole temple.

I visited La Sagrada Familia as a kiddo with my school, when the interior was nothing but a big hole, and I was very impressed in this second visit because this part precisely steals the show, even rivals with the impressive Gaudí entrance representing Jesus Christ birthday. It’s interesting to witness how step-by-step Gaudí’s designs are being completed.

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There are two figures on the bottom of the main columns holding the main entrance. One represents a sea turtle & the other a tortoise, as a homage to the two sides of Barcelona, the sea and the mountain. Gaudí definitely didn’t lack attention to detail.

Sagrada Familia turtle column detail - The cat, you and us

A few days ago a work colleague stumbled upon an infographic with a world map showing for each country which one was the most visited landmark, and not surprisingly Spain got la Sagrada Familia. In case you are curious, the map is available here, and it uses the reviews from TripAdvisor to tell which ones are the most popular among visitors (accurate?). Which landmark got the country you are living in? Although it can feel obvious, I got surprised with some of them like the United Kingdom, can you guess without visiting the link?

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The colorful & bright interior of La Sagrada Familia


The interior is bright and very colorful. We booked the tickets with the audio guide, which gave us some interesting insights like the reason behind all the colors from the stained glass windows. Gaudí reserved the cold colors like green and blue where the warmest light comes in, while keeping the orange, red and yellow windows where the light leaks the least. This was a very clever design to balance the overall light & very photographic-ish too, right? We definitely recommend including the audio guide in your visit if you ever buy tickets!

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The main columns are of a stronger material (hence the red color) to support the tower that will be the tallest of the temple and will be a few inches shorter than Barcelona’s mountain (in Gaudí’s words: “Human’s creation should never be bigger than God’s”)

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Barcelona, you are (sometimes) a dream


Sagrada Familia views - The cat, you and us

Hope you liked this staycation with us!

Have you ever visited La Sagrada Familia? Do you know that it will be finished on 2026? My mom told me how she would love to visit again when it is finished, so we closed the deal with a shake of hands. I have a very serious mom-daughter date on 2026, guys! *wink*

5 Comments / 9 

  1. Nieves - 26th July 2017

    Gracias, por el día tan maravilloso, qué me regalasteis, disfruté de la visita a la sagrada familia, con la promesa de volver, los 3, cuando se acabe, la última y definitiva Torre. Las fotos son preciosas, me encantan! Y hasta yo he quedado bien, qué ya es difícil! Qué luz más nítida hay dentro de la catedral! En fin qué gracias por todos estos buenos momentos.

  2. Jennifer - 26th July 2017

    What a beautiful church! I feel like places of worship in the states aren’t that pretty. Although the bahai church near Chicago is amazing! And I think it is also a really respectable new religion.

    I guessed the statue of liberty for the United States, but at least I had the same city! XD When I saw Central Park it made total sense- easy to walk to and through, and FREE!

  3. Fiona - 27th July 2017

    awwww the photos of you and your Mum are always so sweet and your outfits are perfectly matched – also love how your dress is cut and how the stripes run! Such an awe-inspiring building too, I imagine it was so fun to see all the details up close!

  4. Lizzie Bee - 3rd August 2017

    I went there with my mum last year and I had the best time. We bought the ticket that allowed us to go to the very top of the towers (I can’t remember which one) and I got a little bit dizzy looking over the edge it was that high up! This post just brought back happy memories, and I kind of want to go back again!

  5. Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's - 5th August 2017

    The interior looks so modern with its angles! Love the sea turtle/tortoise details! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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