The Tibidabo Cathedral del Sagrat Cor looks down on Barcelona from the city’s tallest peak, Mount Tibidabo.
In this spectacular location, it can be seen from all over the city. Especially when you are walking up Rambla Catalunya or Passeig de Gracia, you will always find Tibidabo Cathedral on the horizon.
Tibidabo cathedral has been designed by architect Enric Sagnier i Villavecchia. Construction started in 1902 and was finally completed by the architect’s son Josep Maria Sagnier i Vidal in 1961.
The architectural style of Tibidabo Cathedral can be described as a mixture of modernista and neogothic. To many people it shows similarity to the basilica de Sacre-Coeur in Paris or the Sacro Cuore di Gesu in Rome.
When you are approaching the cathedral from the Tibidabo funicular station, you are entering at the level of the crypt. Admission is free and you are rewarded with picturesque stained windows and beautiful stone work.
For 2 Euros an elevators takes you to the first viewing platform. The Jesus Christ bronze statue above your head resembles of Rio de Janeiro’s Christ statue of Corcovado.
If you are not afraid of heights, keep on climbing the stairs to the top of Tibidabo cathedral at 548 meters above sea for an unforgettable view of Barcelona and beyond.
Tibidabo Cathedral – Facts
Admission: the cathedral itself is free, the elevator to the top is 2.00 Euros.
Opening times: 07.00 to 22.00hrs for the cathedral, the elevator to the top and the funicular to the mountain close earlier, so make sure to be here before 19.00hrs.
How to get to Tibidabo Cathedral?
By metro take the brown line L7 from Placa Catalunya to Avenida Tibidabo. Change to the historic Tramvia Blau to Plaça Dr Andreu from where the Tibidabo funicular leaves.
Alternatively use the Barcelona Bus Turistic, which stops next to the splendid La Rotonda building at Avenida Tibidabo.
Insider tip: For your way up to Tibidabo you can also use the Vallvidrera Funicular. From Placa Catalunya take S1 or S2 to Peu del Funicular, change to Vallvidrera Funicular and afterwards continue on Bus 111. This scenic ride is also the cheapest way up the mountain since you just need one normal metro ticket!