Building permit: the final stretch of a process that began in 1885

The cornerstone of the Temple of the Sagrada Família was laid in 1882, following the designs of architect Francisco de Paula del Villar. Antoni Gaudí took over the works in November 1883 and, two years later, in 1885, he signed a floor plan for the Temple that the Junta Constructora filed with the Sant Martí …

Tower of Jesus Christ begins to grow

Today we’ve taken the first steps down the road to a very important milestone in the history of the temple: construction of the tower of Jesus Christ. The first panels on the central lantern, the tallest at the Basilica, began going in this morning with the help of a mobile crane, which lifts them to …

The Passion façade: key moments in its history

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Last July, we officially completed the Passion façade, putting the final piece in place on the sculpture group of the Resurrection: the shroud covering the body of Jesus Christ. And with this historical milestone, we’ve decided to look back on the key moments of a façade that covers the period from death to resurrection, and …

Model makers, essential for testing and correction

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The architecture proposed by Gaudí is the result of a continuous effort in the search for perfection, which depended on constant experimentation. His empirical method, based on testing and correction, is how he was able to experiment with new shapes, surfaces and volumes, which couldn’t be seen in drawings, but in 3D models. However, he …

And that’s what the tower of Jesus Christ will be like inside!

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During the last few weeks, we’ve talked a lot about the tower of Jesus Christ in this blog because its construction is about to start. It’ll be the Temple’s highest tower. We’ve revealed the characteristics of the tensioned stone panels with which we’ll build it, which are almost twice as large as the other central …

Tower of Jesus Christ lift: modern and minimalist

In previous blog articles, we’ve talked about how artisan trades and technology coexist at the Sagrada Família. And the lift we are preparing for the core of the tower of Jesus Christ will also reflect this contrast between stone, the symbol of tradition, and glass with stainless steel, an example of modernity. This lift will …

The core of the central lantern: a tower inside a tower

The fact that the tower of Jesus Christ is open to visitors, as Gaudí wanted, means it must have a staircase and a lift, which totally transform the perception of this lantern as it fills a space that would traditionally be open. With the tower of the Virgin Mary, the inside is more dome-like, although …

How are the panels for the tower of Jesus Christ different?

The feast day of Barcelona’s patron saint, Our Lady of Mercy (La Mercè), is coming up soon and here at the Sagrada Família we always take advantage of this date to hold open doors days and share all the latest on the works. In this case, we can’t forget that work will begin on the …

The purity of white inside the tower of the Virgin Mary

After Assumption Day, we begin to see we’ve left the summer solstice behind: the days are getting shorter and the nights longer, until they even out when we reach the autumn equinox at the end of September. To celebrate this feast day, we wanted to reveal some details of the inside of the tower of …