Barcelona’s La Sagrada Familia: What You Need to Know Before Your Visit

Admire Gaudí's unfinished architectural masterpiece with a local expert
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1 hour
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Sagrada Familia
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Lecture Description
Join us for a virtual tour of the most iconic building of Barcelona, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí. This masterpiece is one of the seven UNESCO buildings created by Gaudí and the most fascinating destination in Barcelona.
Meet Your Expert

Guille Genestar is a cultural guide and lecturer. He was born in Menorca and educated in Mallorca and Barcelona. He holds a bachelor´s degree in Tourism Management, another bachelor´s degree in Humanities, and a Master's degree in Cultural Communication. He's a licensed tour guide in Catalonia & Barcelona, where he's been working since 1997. He has been working with Context live tours since 2016. He gives regular talks, presentations, and virtual tours about Barcelona, Catalonia, Art, and History. He previously worked as a travel agent and tour leader overseas. He's fluent in English, French, Italian, and bilingual Catalan and Spanish. His interests are digital gadgets and swing dance.

Gaudí said, "people will come from all over the world to see it", and he was right. The world-famous (and as yet unfinished) Basilica was expected to be completed in 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death but, due to the pandemic, the deadline is delayed further. It took 140 years to complete 75% of the church but the countdown for the completion has started. Thanks to Gaudí's unusual working methods and his unique use of geometry inspired by nature, Gaudí left a road map for the current architects to complete his masterpiece.

This virtual tour of the cathedral will include many images to better understand and put in context Gaudi's background and career, the history of the construction, and the main parts of the church. Gaudí knew that it would take generations after him to complete it, which would leave their imprint: “I don’t want them to copy me”. You’ll see how a person of humble origins became an architect and a visionary “Renaissance” man: he was also a landscaper, interior designer, and structural engineer. During this virtual tour, you’ll understand why Gaudí is called the “God’s architect”, the incredible innovations that he developed a century ago, and why he was the first “organic” architect (“My master is the tree in front of my workshop”). His legacy is still admired by contemporary architects.

Led by the expert local guide and cultural communicator, Guille Genestar, this lecture will fill participants with the emotion of this magnificent and unique architectural wonder.
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I enjoyed this even more than the other Context Travel webinars I’ve seen.
It was very good.
This course was very interesting, well-organized and thorough. As someone who has been interested in La Sagrada Familia and Gaudi for a long time, I very much enjoyed the history and current status of the completion of this project. I visited in 2013 and will be returning again to see the progress.