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Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Família
  • East Route

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, to give it its full name, is without doubt Barcelona's most famous and emblematic monument. The project was begun thanks to a private initiative by Josep María Bocabella, a bookseller from a family of printers. Gaudí began his work as architect on the church in 1883, when he was 31 years old. He worked on the Sagrada Família for more than 40 years, and even ended up living there until he was run over by a tram in 1926. Gaudí's plans were extremely ambitious, but he was only able to build the apse and the Nativity Façade, in a naturalist style on the eastern side of the building. The Passion Façade, on the other side, is decorated with sculptures by Josep María Subirachs in a very different style to the naturalist one employed by Gaudí, but depicting the subject matter indicated by the architect.