Subirachs’ work on the Temple, declared Cultural Asset of National Interest

On 11 March, the Catalan Ministry of Culture declared all of Subirachs’ work at the Sagrada Família a Cultural Asset of National Interest (BCIN) in the historic monument category. There is no doubt that, of all of Subirachs’ work on the Temple, the most well-known is that on the huge portal on the Passion façade, …

The sculptures inside the Temple: The Holy Family… and Saint George!

Antoni Gaudí made the outside façades of the Sagrada Família appear like huge altarpieces, with a clearly catechistic and evangelising purpose. In contrast, he wanted the inside to be a space of reflection and prayer, and this is why we find no large altarpieces but instead just a few sculptures with pronounced symbolic importance. In …

The Nativity façade: where spring begins

In March, spring begins, the earth blooms and everything is reborn. At the Sagrada Família, Gaudí associated this beginning of life directly with the arrival of Jesus, but also with the beginning of the day, as the Nativity façade looks to the east. Each of the three portals on this façade is full of flora …

The Evangelists: how they are, and will be, represented at the Sagrada Família

Now that the six central towers are growing at the same pace, which is quite fast thanks in part to the tensioned-stone building technique, the time has come to talk about what will go on top of them. Blog readers already know that the pinnacle of the tower of Jesus Christ will be a four-armed …

The Sagrada Família: a Temple monitored 24 hours a day

Just like patients are monitored at a hospital, tracking their vital signs to detect any anomalies and raise the alarm, it is also becoming commonplace in the world of architecture and heritage to monitor important buildings or heritage sites. In these cases, it is important to get enough data to ensure that any issues are …

Discovering the Sagrada Família: the Crossing room

Before plastic- and oil-based waterproofing products, such as bitumen and silicone sheets, the construction sector resolved these issues by giving roofs two key traits: first, a highly pronounced slope, even when the rooftop was accessible, so that rainwater would run off quickly without pooling; and, second, well-ventilated spaces under the roof: the attics. This strategy …

Why is there a labyrinth at the entrance to the Sagrada Família?

Around the world, there are many churches with a labyrinth at the entrance. Sometimes it is on the wall, like a border that can be traced with the finger, and others it is a huge labyrinth built into the flooring, like at the cathedrals of Chartres or Amiens. At the Sagrada Família, sculptor Josep Maria …

A ring for utilities: balancing use and maintenance of the Temple

At the Temple, the top priority has always been to continue the construction works, which now focus on raising the central towers. However, with the works, many other needs have arisen and everything that has grown up with the monument has reached a level of importance that cannot be ignored. Some of these needs arise …

Discovering the Sagrada Família: the window in the loge of the Coronation

At the Sagrada Família, there are many spaces and details that visitors can’t often see, whether because they are very high up and far from the street, or because they are hidden or in areas only accessible to authorised personnel. This is the case of the loges behind the sculpture groups on the Nativity façade. …

2019, the year the Sagrada Família skyline starts to change

We’ve just kicked off a new year and, as always, it is full of resolutions. At the Sagrada Família, however, we remain fixed on our goal: to finish the Temple just as Gaudí designed it. Every year, we reach little, or not so little, milestones that keep us on track towards finishing the works. In …