Any trip to Barcelona is incomplete without a trip to Sagrada Familia.
A larger-than-life basilica, Sagrada Familia or the Basilica of the Holy Family is an imposing structure in the Spanish city’s skyline. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi.
The basilica is still however under construction. The construction began in 1882 under the watchful eyes of Gaudi, leading to the creation of this masterpiece in Gothic and Art Nouveau style.
Gaudi devoted his entire lifetime to this structure and when he died in 1926, less than a quarter of this megastructure was completed.
Why is Sagrada Familia still under construction?
The construction progressed slowly because it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. The construction was back on track only in 1950, passing the midpoint somewhere in 2010.
What problems did the construction face?
The basilica has divided the Spanish citizens into two groups: one who think that Sagrada Familia must be completed and the other who think that upon completion, this structure will compete with Barcelona’s Cathedral. Other problems include Gaudi’s death and subsequent redesigning and the 2007 proposal to build a high-speed rail link to France which could disturb the stability of the basilica.
When will it be completed?
It is now estimated that on the centenary anniversary of Gaudi’s death in 2026, the structure will be completed. Earlier this month, the Spanish construction company who is responsible for the building, moved its largest telescopic crane to reposition three of the massive construction cranes at the Sagrada Familia.
We believe that upon completion, this basilica will be like no other. Towering 172.5 metres high, the basilica will be a highpoint in human engineering and a marvel in itself.