Pinnacles on the apse pediment: fruit of the Virgin Mary

The tower of the Virgin Mary, over the Temple apse, currently stands 110.65 metres tall and will be 138 when complete. It has eighteen levels of tensioned-stone panels already in place and construction will soon begin on its pinnacle. At the same time, the finishing touches have to be put on the rest of this …

Les Borges Blanques, Sagrada Família’s kilometre zero

Stone is the main architectural element of the Sagrada Família, and it has been since construction began under the oversight of the Temple’s first architect, Francisco de Paula del Villar. When Gaudí took over the project in 1883, stone was still the primary material used. At that time, the stone came from Montjuïc, the mountain …

Baptistery basements: activity returns to the Glory façade

Construction of the Sagrada Família is full of challenges. One of them has undoubtedly been building the central lanterns. Now that these are on track and about to start changing the Temple profile, the next important challenge will be the main façade, the Glory façade. As we explained in a previous post, work is currently …

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 …