The sculptures on the Passion façade stand out for their contrast with the background, free of ornaments and apparently composed of simple forms. In this way Gaudí wanted to symbolise the desolation, the pain and the death of Jesus Christ. From that idea, between 1986 and 2005 the sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs did the twelve stages of the Via Crucis.
As is befitting, unlike the Nativity façade there are no references to the joy of life, such as the ornamentation of flowers and animals, and the representation of the feeling of the irreversible loss of death is heightened. This dramatic doorway shows the sacrifice made by Jesus for human beings.
All the groups, laden with a strong symbology, are accompanied by different materials and designs that give a better understanding of the themes presented.
Above this door rise the bell towers, where we can see the fruits of winter and autumn (the seasons of greatest darkness and cold in Catalonia), such as chestnuts, pomegranates or oranges, which complete the Mediterranean symbology in this part of the church.