2020: the year the Sagrada Família skyline changed forever

With the new year, activity has returned to the Sagrada Família in a big way. The past twelve months were intense, reaching several milestones, as we explained in a previous post. Possibly the most symbolic was that the central towers, under construction since 2016, surpassed the bell towers on the Nativity façade in height. These …

2019: the year the central towers surpassed the towers on the Nativity façade

There have been, are and will be many historical moments along the Sagrada Família’s path towards 2026, the year the Temple architecture is expected to be completed. And one of them has taken place this year that is about to finish: in 2019, the central towers grew so much that they are now taller than …

How the sculptures on the Nativity façade were made: plaster moulding

[Author: Arxiu Mas] For the Nativity façade, the sculptures were made using plaster moulding, which in Gaudí’s era was quite common. So, in his workshop, he created moulds of all sorts of vegetables, leaves and fruit, and also of typical carpentry tools, like a chisel and a hammer, for the portal of Saint Joseph. He …

The Nativity façade: key moments in its history

The Sunday 1 December was the first day of Advent: a time to prepare for Christmas that the Sagrada Família is celebrating with various activities and events. For this reason, we wanted to explain the details of construction of this façade that features the birth of Jesus and Advent, the time leading up to it: …

Discovering the Sagrada Família: the portal of the Rosary

Since the beginning of October, visitors to the Sagrada Família have been able to enjoy the portal of the Rosary, a small architectural gem that Gaudí left finished in 1897 to serve as a guide for those who would continue the project after he was gone. This is particularly important for the Technical Office, which …

Theology and Art committees: advisers for Gaudí’s project

Gaudí laid out most of the theological programme for the Temple, which artists have been commissioned to carry out with their own creativity ever since. However, in order to give their work the right expressiveness and make sure all the pieces fit together, it is important for the artists to have a deep understanding of …

The construction of the Temple’s towers: this is how they have evolved

When the Sagrada Família is completed in 2026, it will have an unusual number of towers for a basilica: eighteen. Six of them will be the central towers which we are currently building, while the others will be bell towers, four of which will be on the Glory façade, yet to be built. However, the …

The Sagrada Família, a pioneer in applying manufacturing robots to architecture

The columns in the nave of the Temple are designed with the complex geometry of the double-twisted spiral, the outcome of the intersection of two symmetrical spirals twisted in opposite directions. Thus, in one column that begins at the base with an eight-pointed star shape, the points multiply to become 16, 32 and 64 points, …

The pinnacles of the Evangelists: Design and construction

The construction of the pinnacles of the towers of the Evangelists was approached following the same idea as the project involving the central towers. A prefabrication and pre-assembly system at an outside work centre was chosen for the latter, due to the lack of room in the construction site and the difficulty of working at …

The pinnacles of the Evangelists: the symbolism of the tetramorph

The pinnacles, which are the top section of the towers, are always the most eye-catching, given their host of colours and symbolic elements. And the pinnacles on the towers of the Evangelists, which are modelled after the bell towers on the Nativity and Passion façades, are no exception. In fact, the fourth Temple album includes …