The construction of this unique Temple began in 1882, and one year later Antoni Gaudi was appointed Project Director. He worked on the project over 40 years until his death in 1926. The overall plan and his in-depth studies of the project, based on the use of innovative geometrical shapes of naturalist style, are the cornerstones on which the current architects continue the work to this date.
Eight of the twelve bell towers of the facade, dedicated to the Apostles and having a height of 100 meters, are already built. The four belfries awaiting construction are those of the Façade of Glory, the 170 meter central dome in honor of Jesus Christ, the Tower of the Virgin Mary and the Tower of the 4 Evangelists. The vaults of the main nave are finished, and work is focused now on the area of the transepts and the apse. From the very beginning, the only financing for building the Temple of the Sacred Family (Sagrada Familia), built under the concept of a temple of astonishment, came only from private donations and alms, and it continues to be so due to generous donations from the faithful and admirers of the project.
The entrance to the Temple of the Sacred Family alows the visitor to acces, in addition to the construction works, the museum depicting the past, present and future of the Temple trough scale models, photographs, plans and decorative objects. The visitor can also learn about the life of the architect and other projects he carried out.
Trough a glass pane, vistiors can watch the model makers in their wokrshop restoring the original models of Antoni Gaudi and reproducing them at different scales so as to ensure that the original Gaudi project is followed accurately.
A video is shown at frequent intervals relating the history of the Temple.