With the Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí was not content with simply building a grand temple, but rather his project consisted in singing the praises of the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity captured in one single monument, with which he pretended for the city to expiate all of its sins: The Expiatory Temple of the Sacred Family. Apart from the architect’s intentions, there was a man of profound and intense religious convictions.
Curiosity… at the end of the works, Sagrada Familia will have twelve towers devoted to the twelve Apostles, plus four for the evangelists, one devoted to Virgin Mary and a big central tower of 170mt devoted to Jesus Christ. This one will have a cross of 15mt, with mosaics that let it shine during the day and it will also glow during the night, so it would be possible to see it from every part of the city. It looks like that the works will end in 2022. You can find more information in: www.sagradafamilia.org. Once a year, in june, there is a day of open house visits.
Restaurant CAL DENI carrer de València, 452 Phone 932 325 811 www.caldeni.com Small locale to enjoy signature cuisine specialized in exclusive meats, such as Kobe beef, Angus beef and veal.
Restaurant ALKIMIA carrer de la Indústria, 79 Phone 932 076 115 www.alkimia.cat Innovative cuisine for very sophisticated palates. Season’s menu created to discover a world of flavors, colors and combinations.
Restaurant LA CÚPULA HISPANO-SUIZA carrer de Sicilia, 255 Phone 932 082 061 www.lacupularestaurant.com Mediterranean cuisine in a peculiar setting, since the decoration consists of classic vehicles kept in perfect shape. For dinner there are performances of a live piano.
Restaurant LA TAQUERÍA passatge de Font, 5 Phone 931 261 359 www.lataqueria.eu Colorist restaurant where the owners prepare simple and traditional mexican recipes, very tasty.
TÍPIC I CATALÀ carrer de Sicilia, 290 Phone 930 078 650 www.tipicicatala.cat Gourmet shop of tipical catalan food: wine, cold cuts, cheese and sauces. A different catalan memory different from the tipical turist souvenirs.
THE MICHAEL COLLINS IRISH BAR plaça Sagrada Família, 4 Phone 934 591 964 http://michaelcollinspubs.com Well-known bar for his dark beer, live concerts and international football matches on his big screen.
Restaurant GAMBA DE LA COSTA carrer de Córsega, 479 Phone 934 577 793 You don’t need to go to the Barcelona harbour to eat fresh fish. Here, until few years ago where tapas of fried fish were served, now they serve mediterrean cuisine specialized in fish and sea-food.
CENTRE CÍVIC SAGRADA FAMÍLIA carrer de Provença, 480 Phone 934 508 917 www.ccsagradafamilia.net This new civic center has a comprehensive library open to the public. On their website you can find their wide-ranging agenda of cultural activities and workshops.
AVINGUDA GAUDÍ This street has a particular charm. First of all because, on one side, ther is Sagrada Familia; and on the other side the architectural wonderland of the Hospital de Sant Pau. Walking on this street you can feel a neighborhood atmosphere, you can also sit at the table outside.
GAUDÍ THEATER carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 120 Phone 936 035 152 http://teatregaudibarcelona.com A new space for an old project to promote the culture: a good theatre, music and novels… for a good price! Visit the website to see the billboard and its promotions.
This neighborhood celebrates its grand festivities in April, coinciding usually with Sant Jordi (Saint George) on the 23 of that month. The holiday is managed by the neighbors association and the Coordinadora d’Entitats del Barri de la Sagrada Família. For more information go on: www.coordinadorasagradafamilia.org