Summary of The Day: Skip the line in Sagrada Familia. Relax in a comfortable bus while a friendly guide reveals Gaudi’s world of fantasy and geometry.
Who was Gaudi?
Antoni Gaudi was a visionary architect during Barcelona’s modernista period early 1900. He graced Barcelona with nearly all its extraordinary buildings. No less than 7 have been listed as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, including Sagrada Familia and Casa Batllo. Open your eyes, heart and mind - wonder at how Gaudi used nature as his source of inspiration, you will find that what seems like chaos is actually based in sophisticated mathematics. Each detail is full of surprises waiting to be discovered.
Passeig de Gracia
This broad elegant avenue was built for and by the wealthy Barcelonians and they have never left; luxury and design shops line the street along with major banks and the stock exchange. Architectural details include modernist lampposts and Gaudi’s tiles for the pavement and a myriad of grand buildings:
- La Pedrera, Casa Mila. Check out the wavy facade with its extraordinary balconies, and don’t miss the top with the weird chimneys that resemble soldiers looking out for the residents.
- Casa Batllo. Casa Batllo is not just a building but an artistic legend. There are so many stories about the Casa Batllo! From the exceptional facade that reflects a tranquil sea to the battle between Saint George and the dragon.
- The block of discord. Passeig de Gracia was where the main architects from the modernista style had the chance to show their best: Gaudi with Casa Batllo, Domenech i Montaner with Casa Lleo Morera and Puig i Cadafalch with Casa Amatller.
The jewel in the crown of Gaudi’s works, the temple is a synthesis of his overall conception of architecture. The richness of detail and its significance need explaining in order to appreciate this fascinating and extraordinary building in full.
Gaudi wished the temple, which is still being built, to be financed by the people, not by taxes or funding, and that’s just what your entrance fees do (included in our tour price): finance the completion of the building started in 1882.
- Outside. Each facade explains a chapter of Jesus’ life. You will walk in through the Birth Facade - look closely, the whole nativity is represented there. At the other side of the basilica is the Passion Facade, representing the stages before Jesus died.
- The basilica. There are no words to describe the first time you enter the Sagrada Familia. The curved columns resembling trees, the light that dances and plays across the hall in a constant change of colors. Just wait and see!
- Museum. The studio workshop is essential to understand how Gaudi worked and thought. The models he used are beyond anyone’s imagination.
You can stay for as long as you like. We have left the best to the last so you can stay on and savor the building. You can go up the towers by elevator, visit the crypt and museum and compare the contrasting styles of the Birth and Passion facades.
You can choose to do the morning tour at 10:00am (daily all year round) or afternoon at 3:15pm (daily except Sundays).
At the end of the tour we return to Placa Catalunya.
|10:00AM (DAILY ALL YEAR ROUND)||Barcelona||In front of Deutsche Bank and Hotel Olivia Plaza (Look for the orange umbrellas)||Plaça de Catalunya, 19, 08002 Barcelona|
|3:15PM (DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAYS FROM APRIL 1)||Barcelona||In front of Deutsche Bank and Hotel Olivia Plaza (Look for the orange umbrellas)||Plaça de Catalunya, 19, 08002 Barcelona|
|Child (3-12)||USD $23.97|
|Infant (0-2)||USD $0.00|
* Adult: 13 and older|
* Child: 3 to 12
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