Sagrada Familia Crypt

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The Sagrada Familia crypt is where Antoni Gaudi, the creator of Sagrada Familia, rests in peace.

In the crypt, you’ll find four chapels dedicated to:

  • Virgin of El Carmen 
  • The Virgin of Montserrat
  • Christ
  • Christ on the Cross
  • Saint Michael
  • Holy Innocents
  • Assumption

You can see the stained-glass windows, carved reliefs, and even Gaudí’s grave. 

The Crypt provides a new viewpoint on the Sagrada Familia’s tale, combining its modern facade with a calm, Neo-Gothic atmosphere.

However, the beauty of the crypt can only be captured in memory since photography and videography are not allowed.

Timings: 

Monday to Friday: 9 am to 10 am, 6 pm to 9 pm 
Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays: 9 am to 2 pm, 6 pm to 9 pm

How to Access the Crypt?

How to Access the Crypt
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You can access Sagrada Familia’s crypt in two ways— attending mass or during its limited opening hours.

You should enter the crypt through the Nativity facade on Carrer de la Marina.

You can enter the Crypt for free if you want to attend mass, but if you want to access it during the opening hours, we recommend you buy entry tickets.

Sagrada Familia TicketsAdult (18+ years) Ticket price
Entry Ticket€34
Skip-the-line Entry Ticket€54
Guided Tour€55

Location

The Crypt is placed on the lower level, near the Birth Facade doorway, and is accessible from outside the basilica.

Descend a flight of steps and you’ll find yourself in another era, contrasting sharply to the modern marvel above.

You can enter the crypt through the Nativity Facade on Carrer de la Marina.

Chapels

The crypt is a rectangular chamber separated by seven separate chapels.

The large altar lies in the center and is a focal point for prayer and meditation.

Each chapel is dedicated to a different saint or topic, providing insight into the Catholic faith and heritage.

The Chapel of Our Lady of Carmen: This place houses the burial of Antoni Gaudí, the architect who designed the Sagrada Familia. Gaudí’s gravestone is a plain, flat stone that reflects his humble personality.

Chapel of Christ: This chapel is dedicated to Jesus Christ and has sculptures representing scenes from His life.

The Chapel of Our Lady of Montserrat: It is home to a stunning depiction of the Black Madonna, a renowned figure in Catalan tradition.

The Chapel of Christ on the Cross: It houses the burial of Josep Maria Bocabella, the Sagrada Familia project’s founder.

The Chapel of Saint Michael: It is dedicated to the Archangel Michael, the guardian against evil, and it boasts a magnificent sculpture of the saint defeating a monster.

Chapel of the Holy Innocents: This modest chapel honors the Holy Innocents, the infants killed by King Herod following Jesus’ birth.

Chapel of the Assumption: This chapel, dedicated to the Virgin Mary’s assumption into Heaven, provides a peek at the themes of the future Glory Facade.

Highlights

While the Neo-Gothic style sets the crypt apart from the Sagrada Familia above, it is far from plain. Look closely, and you’ll find details that add beauty and meaning:

Stained-Glass Windows: Offers colorful illumination while depicting religious characters and symbolism.

Keystone Reliefs: Look up at the arches to see each chapel entryway that features carved reliefs showing saints or themes.

Ancient Roman Mosaic Floor: Serving as a reminder of the historical connection between the past and the present.

The Tabernacle: In the middle chapel, the Tabernacle is a small cupboard, topped with a cross as a potent religious symbol.

Place for Reflection

The Sagrada Familia Crypt is more than just a historic place. It’s a space for peaceful reflection and prayer. 

The soft light filtering through the stained-glass windows, the tranquil mood, and the presence of the numerous chapels create an environment in which one can connect with their faith, seek peace, or simply appreciate the beauty of their surroundings.

Tips to Access the Crypt

Follow our suggestions to navigate through the Crypt with ease:

  • Dress appropriately, as if you were going to church.
  • Photography is normally not permitted in the crypt. However, there may be exceptions during infrequent limited openings.
  • Remember, the crypt is a sacred place for prayer and thought. Maintain a quiet, polite demeanor.
  • The crypt contains steps and uneven floors, which may provide a challenge for guests with mobility issues.
  • Crypt access during mass or limited openings may be crowded. Consider arriving early or visiting during less crowded hours.

FAQs

1. Are there any age restrictions for visiting the Crypt?

2. What are the opening hours of the Crypt?

3. What is the capacity of the Crypt?

4. Can visitors take photographs inside the Crypt?

5. Is the Crypt open to the public?

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