The Basilica Sagrada Família (Church of the Holy Family) is a very large Roman Catholic church desiged by famous architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926). Located in Barcelona construction of the church began in 1882 and remains to be finished as of yet although it is planned to be compleated.by 2016 to mark the 100 year centenary death of it's architect Antoni Gaudi.
The Basilica was consecrated in November 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI who proclaimed it a minor Basilica and in 2005 was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list.
The church will have three grand fecades: the Nativity facade in the East, the Passion facade in the West and the Glory facade in the South (which has not yet been completed). The first facade to be completed was the Nativity facade (dedicated to the birth of Jesus Christ) and was constructed between 1894 and 1930. The Pasion facade in the West is dedicated to the suffering Jesus suffered during his crucifiction and Glory facade in the South is intenended to be the lprinciple and most striking of the three facades and will be dedicated to Celestial Glory of Jesus.
The inside layout is that of a Latin cross but truley feels like something out of fantasy with streams of light pouring through large stained glass windows it is more reminiscent of an alien temple from a sci-fi series than a Roman Catholic Church.
Visitors can acces the Nave, Crypt, Museum, Nativity Tower and Passion Tower but requires purchase of a ticket and advanced booking.