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Antoni Gaudi’s "Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia" in the heart of Barcelona is probably most famous for being unfinished.
The construction of this incredible temple started in 1882, when Gaudi agreed to take over a project for a new and magnificent church in Barcelona. It is still not finished. In 2013 about 65% of the temple has been completed. It is expected that the church will be finally finished in 2026, which will be 100 years after Gaudi died in 1926. The present chief architect is Jordi Faulí, who leads a team of 40 construction workers. He is the ninth generation of architects to lead the building work and it is expected that Faulí will be the final architect, when this magnificent temple is finally finished 144 years after the building work started.
> How to get to Sagrada Familia
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> Video how Sagrada Familia will look when finished
The interior of La Sagrada Familia church is finished except some details. It was consecrated by Pope Benedict in November 2010. It is magnificent to see the inside, but the queues to get in are very long. You can pre-book tickets and skip the lines. > More information about pre-booking tickets for La Sagrada Familia.
Spanish/Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi is the genius behind the Sagrada Famila design. >> About Antoni Gaudi
How Gaudi´s Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona will look when it is finished
La Sagrada Familia has become a symbol of Barcelona and is its most popular and visited attraction . See which are top Barcelona tourist attractions
La Sagrada Familia in 2011. In 2013 it was 65% finished.
Interior of La Sagrada Familia
La Sagrada Familia altar
Passion facade and recently renovated Sagrada Familia park
How will the finished Sagrada Familia basilica look? It will have a total of 18 towers. 12 of these towers will be on three facades, the Nativity Facade, the Passion facade and the Glory facade. Each will have 4 towers. An additional four towers will represent the 4 evangelists. They will surround the central and largest middle tower, which will be dedicated to Jesus Christ and will be 170m/558ft high. The final tower dedicated to Virgin Mary will be over the apse. The main entrance will be to left of this photo and an entire city block might be demolished to create more space around the temple.
Glory Facade of the Sagrada Familia church when finished. This will be the main entrance of the church and the apartment block in front will be demolished.
Stained glass windows Sagrada Familia
Nativity facade of Sagrada Familia by night
Sagrada Familia during fabulous Merce 2012 light show
> more pictures Merce Sagrada Familia light show
Snow on Sagrada Familia during a rare Barcelona snow storm March 2010
Antoni Gaudi was deeply religious, but he did not worry about how
long it would take to finish building La Sagrada Familia.
"My boss is not in a hurry, " he famously once said. Read about Gaudi
Nativity facade. This was completed in Gaudi's lifetime before his sudden and tragic death in 1926.
Gaudi died when he was hit by a tram while walking to the Sagrada Familia from his house in Park Guell.
> Read biography Antoni Gaudi
The nativity facade of the Sagrada Familia has incredible detail with intricate scupltures and carvings.
Sagrada Familia means the "Holy Family" which is the theme of nativity facade.
The "Passion Facade'" building started in 1954. The sculptures depicting the crucified Jesus Christ were added in 1987. When they were unveiled, the more basic and abstract style of the figures sparked a storm of debate, because the style was so very different from Gaudí's. Gaudi is most famous for his avoidance of straight lines preferring the curved lines of nature, while the sculptures on the "Passion facade" are more linear and far from Gaudi’s style. However they are very impressive and created by famous Catalan sculptor and artist Josep Maria Subirachs i Sitjar.
Views towards Montjuic hill from the towers of the passion facade.
View of Torre Agbar near Glories. Photos of Torre Agbar
Sagrada Familia park - El Parc de la Sagrada Família
Statue of Sant Jordi on Sagrada Familia passion facade. About Sant Jordi
La Sagrada Familia will be finished in 2026.
Reflection of Sagrada Familia in lake in front of Nativity facade
Nativity facade lit up in red on pink ribbon day
Pope Benedict XVI consegrated La Sagrada Familia basilica on 7 Nov 2010.
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