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 …

Who were the real models for the crèche on the Nativity façade?

Sculptors in Gaudí’s time created plaster moulds of objects, animals and plants, but hid this practice as they thought it took away from their achievement. The artistic avant-garde was moving towards exalting the artist and avoiding copies. However, when Gaudí discovered that the Greeks had used this technique, he felt justified in his choices and …

2018: a year of beginnings, endings and continued work on the Sagrada Família

00Good stories, way back to the classics, always have three parts: a beginning, a middle and an end. These are the three pillars of any story. And, from the fairy tales we hear as children, our lives are full of them. In this regard, the Sagrada Família also has a story to tell. It began …

The Virgin Mary, the other protagonist of the Sagrada Família

The feast of the Immaculate Conception, on 8 December, reminds us that we are in Advent from the Sunday of Christ the King, celebrating the end of one liturgical year and the beginning of another. With Advent, preparations begin again for the arrival of the Messiah on Christmas, lighting a candle each of the four …

The columns and the liturgical calendar: study of an association

New Year’s Eve, a festivity held round the world, wasn’t always celebrated on 31 December. In Roman times, the year began in March, which is why September, October, November and December have names derived from the fact that they were the seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth months of the year. The liturgical year, however, starts …