These complete the strategic security plan for the temple, which began roll-out more than a year ago
This morning, the new entrance to the Sagrada Família was presented, with metal detectors and scanners to identify prohibited items, such as weapons and explosives. The new entrances will also give visitors a simpler, more comfortable way to access the temple from Carrer de la Marina.
This system is already in place in other one-of-a-kind buildings, like the Alhambra in Granada and the Vatican Museums. At the Sagrada Família, these new systems were motivated by the huge volume of visitors that come to the temple each year —more than 4.5 million in 2017— and the fact that it is a tourist site, declared Unesco World Heritage, located in the city centre. “With these new entrances, we have completed the strategic security plan for the Basilica that we launched over a year ago, with collaboration from local police,” noted Xavier Martínez, general director of the Sagrada Família, at the presentation of this space.
The new entrances, which went into use in late December, will help improve the security system the temple already had in place, with all visitors having their bags checked and going through a metal detector.