15 May La Sagrada Familia
Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral is the most visited monument in Spain, attracting 2.8 million visitors a year. Construction of la Sagrada Familia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, began in 1882 and it isn’t expected to be completed until at least 2026, the one hundredth anniversary of Gaudi’s death.
Since its existence the church has relied on donations from the public in order to enable it’s dedicated architects to attempt to bring Gaudi’s vision to reality. The cathedral serves as a tribute to the holy family and when finished it will boast 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, 4 to the evangelists and one for both Jesus and Mary.
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La Sagrada Familia is a 13 minute drive (3.6km) from La Rambla in the heart of Barcelona. Head north on La Rambla until you come to the junction of Gran Via de Les Corts Catalanes where you should take a right turn. After 800m turn left onto Carrer de Girona. Then take the right turn 1.7km ahead to Carrer de Valencia. Continue to Carrer De La Marina and turn left, your destination will be located on your left.
The cathedral opens daily at 9 am, with closing times varying throughout the year. From November through February the cathedral closes at 6 pm, 8 pm for April through September and 7 pm for October through March. The cathedral remains open 365 days a year, with an early closing time of 2 pm on December 25th and 26th and January 1st and 6th.
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