In this section, we will tell you about the day-to-day process of building the temple and keep you up to date on the progress of the works. You will also be able to learn more about Gaudí’s project.

The baldachin: representation of the Holy Spirit at the Sagrada Família

After the seven weeks of Eastertide, meaning the fifty days from Easter or Resurrection Monday to Pentecost Monday, we wanted to turn to the baldachin on the main altar, inaugurated in 2010 with the consecration of the Basilica and the clearest representation of the Holy Spirit inside the Temple. Pentecost literally means fifty days and …

What will the tallest tower at the Sagrada Família be like inside?

Today, the central tower of the Sagrada Família, dedicated to Jesus Christ, stands 85 metres above the Temple ground and the four bridges connecting it to the towers of the evangelists are being put in place. When finished, it will be 172.5 metres tall. Towards the end of this year, we will see it start …

Mary, and her month, at the Sagrada Família

The month of May which has just gotten underway has traditionally been, and still is, the month dedicated to the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. The roots of this custom date back to ancient Greece. At that time, the month of May was dedicated to Artemis, the goddess of fertility. Ancient Rome transformed this …

The sacristy, a model for the central towers

Some may believe the sacristies, cloisters and other structures along the perimeter were added by Gaudí to bolster the grandiose nature of the building. In truth, however, the architect was thinking about these structures from the very early stages of the project. In this article, we’ll see how the sacristies, one of which was finished …

Is the Sagrada Família prepared to withstand an earthquake?

To calculate his structures, Gaudí innovated with the empirical, experimental method of suspended chains. By inverting the image in a mirror, these gave him not only the best geometry for the project, meaning the angle the columns and walls should have to withstand compression forces, but also a way to measure the force on each …

Gaudí and teamwork: his artisan collaborators

The architect must take advantage of what operators know how to do and can do. They must make the most of each one’s most outstanding quality. This means: integrating, joining forces and giving them a hand when they get stuck; this way they work happily with the security that comes from fully trusting in the …

The garden: one year of life on the Passion façade

The Passion façade is nearly finished: the lion and the lamb were put in place in December; the sculptures representing the resurrection are scheduled to be put in place in April, and the cross and angel that will crown the pediment will go in this summer. But in this article, we want to focus on …

Saint Joseph, an important day for the Sagrada Família

Work on the Sagrada Família began on this day 136 years ago. It was 19 March 1882, on the feast of Saint Joseph, when the cornerstone of the Temple was laid in an event with all the required honours featuring top civil, political, religious and military leaders, as can be seen in this engraving from …

Bridges connecting the central towers: the path to the tower of Jesus

Over the coming days, we’re planning to put in the first of four bridges that will connect the towers of the evangelists to the tower of Jesus, on the tower of Luke. And the rest we’ll be seeing in their place soon, from now through mid-May. All of them will be 85 metres above the …

Galera, the making of the Sagrada Família

Eighty kilometres from Barcelona there is a small village with little more than fifty inhabitants nestled among green mountains dusted with snow in winter. The seemingly calm surface, however, belies the incessant activity under way and its international scope. There, at the end of an unpaved side road that also leads to a horse-riding school, …