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.

And that’s what the tower of Jesus Christ will be like inside!

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During the last few weeks, we’ve talked a lot about the tower of Jesus Christ in this blog because its construction is about to start. It’ll be the Temple’s highest tower. We’ve revealed the characteristics of the tensioned stone panels with which we’ll build it, which are almost twice as large as the other central …

Tower of Jesus Christ lift: modern and minimalist

In previous blog articles, we’ve talked about how artisan trades and technology coexist at the Sagrada Família. And the lift we are preparing for the core of the tower of Jesus Christ will also reflect this contrast between stone, the symbol of tradition, and glass with stainless steel, an example of modernity. This lift will …

The core of the central lantern: a tower inside a tower

The fact that the tower of Jesus Christ is open to visitors, as Gaudí wanted, means it must have a staircase and a lift, which totally transform the perception of this lantern as it fills a space that would traditionally be open. With the tower of the Virgin Mary, the inside is more dome-like, although …

How are the panels for the tower of Jesus Christ different?

The feast day of Barcelona’s patron saint, Our Lady of Mercy (La Mercè), is coming up soon and here at the Sagrada Família we always take advantage of this date to hold open doors days and share all the latest on the works. In this case, we can’t forget that work will begin on the …

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 …

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 …