La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Visiting Barcelona this summer? Then find out how Kenwood’s NEXEDGE® digital system is being used at the La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona

Covering an area of 4,500 square metres and with a capacity of 9,000, La Sagrada Familia (The Basilica of the Sacred Family) Barcelona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which plays host to around 3.5 million visitors each year, making it one of most visited attractions in Spain

The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is truly a work on a grand scale which began on 19 March 1882 as a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901). At the end of 1883 Antoni Gaudí was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he remained engaged with until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued with the work, remaining true to his original idea.

The building is situated in the centre of Barcelona, and over the years it has become one of the most universally recognised symbols of the city and indeed the country. It is visited by millions of people every year and many more have immersed themselves in the study of its architectural and religious content.

La Sagrada Família has always been an expiatory church, which means that since the outset, over 130 years ago. It has been funded by donations. Gaudí himself said: “The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people.” Construction is still ongoing and it is estimated that the building could be finished sometime in the first third of the 21st century.

The original two-way radio communications system employed at the Basilica comprised Kenwood ProTalk, license-free PMR446 analogue radios which while economical and fast to deploy, was outgrown as visitor numbers rose and a requirement for extended site coverage, increased security and public safety and ability to accommodate larger numbers of user groups emerged.