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  • Antoni Gaudi was in his early 30s when he was commissioned to carry on the works of the Sagrada Familia in 1883. 

  • Gaudi wanted the church to be a “catechistic explanation of the teachings of the Gospels and the Church”.

  • The Nativity Façade is dedicated to the birth of Christ. The Passion Façade depicts the suffering of Jesus during his crucifixion, and the Glory Façade shows the role of humanity. 

  • Built as an expiatory temple, the Sagrada Familia is 100% privately funded.  

  • The design of the Sagrada Familia is inspired by nature, as can be seen by the absence of straight lines, and the tree-like columns in the nave.

  • During the Spanish Civil War in 1936, revolutionaries set fire to the crypt and the workshop, destroying Gaudi’s plans, drawings and scale models.

  • In 2011 and 2012, the church received 3,202,336 and 3,233,526 visitors respectively.

  • The Sagrada Familia is expected to be completed in 2026, in honour of the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. To date, only 65% of the church has been completed.

  • When completed, the amount of stained glass in the Sagrada Familia will total to around 1700m2.

  • An estimated 60,000 cubic feet of concrete, 770 tons of steel, and 140,000 cubic feet of procurement stone are used in the construction of the Sagrada Familia each year.