The first thing we did on the second day of our trip while in Barcelona was to visit the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia. The Basilica was designed by Spaniard Antoni Gaudi and has been under construction since 1882. Completion of the immense structure is not expected until 2026. My wife first visited in 2009 and could see many changes since then.
The exterior of the church is covered in intricate carvings that tell many different stories. The church was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI on November 7, 2010.
The interior follow the themes set outside. The columns are shaped like trees with ‘branches’ at the top to support the ceiling.
We toured through the Basilica, then ascended one of the towers. There was a good view of the city. The trip up was easy in an elevator, but down was via about 400 steps. Afterwards we went through the museum under the Basilica, which was well worth the time.
Whether or not you are Catholic, you will find the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia worth your visit. There is a fee (15-29 Euros) to tour the Basilica.