BARCELONA – Legendary architect Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, will soon reach a milestone. On November 12, the newly completed towers representing the Evangelists will light up in a large-scale celebration.
These impressive towers, topped with statues in September this year, will be the centrepiece of a series of events highlighting the cultural and architectural significance of the Sagrada Família.
The festivities kick off on November 4 with a concert at 11.00 am. This will be performed by Barcelona’s renowned Municipal Orchestra, under the baton of conductor José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana. The concert, entitled “Entre el cel i la terra” (Between heaven and earth), pays tribute to the interweaving of nature, faith, and art.
On November 11, at 11.00 am, a performance of the famous “Castellers”, the human towers, will take place in front of the Nativity Façade of the Sagrada Família. Four prominent “colles” from the city, including Castellers de la Sagrada Família, Castellers de Sants, Castellers de Sarrià, and Colla Castellera de l’Esquerra de l’Eixample, will continue this remarkable tradition.
On November 12, Cardinal Joan Josep Omella will lead a solemn service blessing the new towers at 5.30 pm.
Then, in a breathtaking spectacle, the Sagrada Família will illuminate its four Evangelist Towers for the very first time. The celebration extends well beyond the inauguration of the lighting of the towers.
On November 16, a conference will take place at the Diocesan Museum, Casa de l’Almoina. During which, the significance of the four Evangelists and their artistic representation in the towers will be discussed in detail.
On November 18, a painting competition will be organised for art students between 16 and 25 years of age. This will take place from 8.30 am to 2.00 pm.
The completion of the Towers of Matthew and John brings the Sagrada Família closer to its ultimate completion. In 2026, the basilica is expected to reach its highest point at an impressive 172.5 metres above sea level.