Apparently, Barcelona isn’t really in Spain. Something called Catalonia. Apparently, Antoni Gaudi was some super-famous builder of homes and all buildings similar.
For the Sagrada Familia, he was supposed to build a home for God. Fittingly, it remains unfinished.
What is the Sagrada Familia?
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (Catalan pronunciation: [səˈɣɾaðə fəˈmiɫiə]; English: Basilica and ExpiatoryChurch of the Holy Family), is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí(1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVIconsecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica, as distinct from a cathedral which must be the seat of a bishop.
Though construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926 less than a quarter of the project was complete.Sagrada Família’s construction progressed slowly, as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death.
Why should you see it?
It’s something you have to see. Everyone tells you to. Only, unlike the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, or the Louvre – anything in Paris, really – you won’t wait three hours in line and walk away wondering, “Am I the only person in North America who left this place miserable and sweaty?”
The Sagrada Familia is one of man’s finest all-time creations. That includes Cheez Whiz.
Skip it at your own peril.
- Here’s How Sagrada Familia Will Look When It’s Finally Done In 2026 (gizmodo.com)
- Animation shows completion of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família (dezeen.com)
- 3D Rendering Shows Completion of Gaudí’s Sagrada Família Church (laughingsquid.com)