Situated to one side of the Plaça de la Sagrada Família, between the streets Marina, Provença, Sardenya and Mallorca, stands the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, which was initially a neo-Gothic project designed by the architect Francesc de Paula del Villar.

Gaudí was commissioned to continue the work in 1891, and replaced the existing project with a much more ambitious one which resulted in the enormous present-day structure. Sagrada Familia aspires to be a symbolic construction.
It has three monumental façades: the east front, dedicated to the Birth of Christ; the west front, dedicated to the Passion and Death; and the south front, the façade of the Glorification, the largest of all. The four towers of each of the three façades jointly symbolise the twelve apostles.

A dome- shaped tower which crowns the apse is the symbol of the Mother of God, and the four large towers dedicated to the evangelists encircle the central spire, which symbolises the Saviour.
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