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 …

The temple’s geometry: the essence that gives it shape and meaning

When describing the Sagrada Família, it is common to say, for example, that the exterior has three façades with four bell towers each, six lanterns and a total of eighteen towers stretching up towards the heavens, while the inside is filled with a forest of columns on a 7.5-m by 7.5-m grid. Because it is …

Bell towers and central towers: different uses, different design

When we explain the project for the Sagrada Família, we often say it will have eighteen towers, putting the ones on the façades in the same sack as those in the centre of the Temple. However, although it is true this is the number of towers Gaudí had in his plans, there is a very …

The panels on the central towers: what they’re like and how they were designed

Despite the differences in the diameter, height and number of sides on each of the six central towers on the Sagrada Família, the system of dividing the construction into stone panels is the same. On all of them, the triangular windows overlap the level above and there are always three windows per level. However, there …

Passion façade complete with shroud of the Holy Sepulchre

Today, we put in place the burial shroud, the sheet that covered Jesus’s body, above the opening to the sculpture group of the Empty Tomb on the Passion façade. In order to put this piece in place, a special crane was used. The shroud, which is designed in three pieces, weighs a total of 665 …

Epoxy resins, an essential material at the Sagrada Família

With the innovative tensioned-stone technique being used to build the structure of the central towers at the Sagrada Família, a third element, in addition to the stone and duplex stainless steel, comes into play. Its presence isn’t as obvious, but it is no less essential to the very concept of the tensioned stone. Resin: the …

Work begins to put the three angels in place in the Cross sculpture group

Work began this morning to put the three angels in the sculpture group of the Cross of Glory in place on the top of the pediment of the Passion façade, where the cross was put in last week. The process began with installing the bases for the three figures and, between tomorrow and Wednesday, the …

Bridges connecting the central towers: in detail

Now that we’ve put in the bases of the four bridges that connect the central lanterns 85 metres above the Temple ground, we wanted to take advantage to explain their design and building system in more detail. At this 85-metre level, the towers of the evangelists are close to the beginning of the tower of …