Tag: Façades

The magic square on the Passion façade: keys to understanding it

While admiring the Passion façade and all of Subirachs’ sculptural work, more than once visitors are surprised to discover a series of numbers inside a square and wonder what they mean. Well, it is a magic square, but in this case, it is a very special one. In this article, we’ll try to explain why. …

The Nativity façade: work prior to restoration

Soon the Nativity façade will be one hundred and the passage of time that marks people and everything else also deteriorates buildings. This is why, for some time now, we have been considering restoring it. This work will be left for a later time, however, as it is still in quite good condition. For now, …

Lion of Judah and lamb of Abraham sculptures put in place

The lion of Judah and lamb of Abraham sculptures have been put in place and can now been seen from the street on the pediment of the Passion façade. Both pieces are the work of sculptor Lau Feliu, following Gaudí’s instructions and working in direct contact with Head Architect of the Sagrada Família Jordi Faulí. …

The empty tomb: a key sculpture group on the Passion façade

Gaudí designed the western façade after a scrape with death due to an illness with a very high fever that took him to Puigcerdà to convalesce and recover. This experience, as he himself explained, imbued him with the feeling and suffering necessary to design a façade where he wanted to express the final hours before …

The pediment of the Passion façade: Jesus’ victory over death

Antoni Gaudí wanted the Sagrada Família to be a huge bible in stone. This is why he gave each space at the Temple its most representative, corresponding symbology. In this regard, he made the three façades of the Basilica transcendental monuments to the life of Jesus: his birth, death and resurrection, and glory. THE PASSION …

What are the main milestones for the Sagrada Família in the future?

The Sagrada Família is advancing at a promising pace. In recent years, we’ve witnessed construction of some key elements of the Temple: the western sacristy, the cyma on the Passion façade and the adjacent garden are some of the most representative examples. Now we are looking optimistically towards the future and our main goal is to …