A true architectural masterpiece. You can really see the craftsmanship in the fine and detailed parts of the church. We went here in summer 2016 (July) and sadly there were a lot of cranes and such for construction on the Eastern side. But it was still a great sight to see in person. Recommend this highly for your Barcelona trip.
A strong expression of the Christian faith in Catalonia, the Basilica is the most popular in Barcelona. It’s architectural design is really fascinating as well, as is its interior, which is truly beautiful. Once it’s building progress is completed, the Basilica will be the tallest church in the world. While undergoing construction, the Basilica offers many tours and has a museum (both of which I suggest booking tickets in advance for), making it a really popular and crowded destination for tourists. The scenic views from both the windows of the Basilica as well as the views of the attraction itself from the ground level outside of the structure are truly wonderful, especially the Basilica’s stained glass windows, which are really some other type of art... they’re so beautiful, especially during sunset when the light hits them and reflects really vibrant colors onto the walls. When visiting Barcelona this place should be at the top of anyone’s list, as it really teaches about the important aspects of Barcelona’s past, present, and future, and is also a really wonderful photo op.
People always say--don't try and do the touristy stuff when you're vacationing. Look for local gems. La Sagrada Familia IS a local gem that just happened to attract tourists, so it is a MUST see when you're in Barcelona. I would recommend buying the tickets to go inside and even paying a little extra to get to one of the towers for some ridiculously awesome views. This place is absolutely breath-taking, and worth every penny you spend. I'd also recommend buying your tickets online either the day before or more to avoid crazy lines.
If you are in Barcelona you HAVE to visit Sagrada Familia. It was by far one of the best places I have seen. You do need to book tickets in advance online, and they sell out quick! I had the audio guide and would recommend getting it. It was amazing to learn about the story and Gaudi's vision. If you think it looks fascinating from the outside, wait until you see the inside! Truly amazing.
Absolutely breath taking exterior worth taking the time for the pics. But not as exciting on the inside. Much preferred the Barcelona cathedral on the inside. That said, the natural theme Gaudi followed in his architecture coupled with abundance of light and lighter colours does give the place a more relaxing theme than your average cathedral.