The Sagrada Famlia, officially known as the Expiatory Church of the Holy Family (in Catalan: Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Famlia) is a Roman Catholic basilica in Barcelona, Spain.Sagrada Famlia is the unfinished work of Antoni Gaudi and a well-known architectural example of Catalan Modernism. In 1984, it was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site. During the additional registration process in 2005, the registered name was changed to part of Antoni Gaudi works.Even unfinished, Sagrada Famlia is a symbol of the city of Barcelona and attracts many tourists with its vibrant stained glass windows, abundance of ruled surfaces and bold, dramatic structure.
Gaudi took over the project from the previous head architect Francisco De Paula in 1883. From that point on he refused all other requests and after his relatives and good friends (including his patron Gell) had died over a short period of time, Gaudi, who disliked interviews and the spotlight, devoted his life entirely to work on Sagrada Famlia.Gaudi preferred to work with scale models when designing and was reluctant to draw plans. Many of these scale models were destroyed during the Spanish Civil War with only a few documents left for his successors to rely on and continue Gaudi work on Sagrada Famlia.
People once believed that the Sagrada Famlia would take 300 years to be completed, but the construction is making steady progress, supported by Spain economic growth and the use of IT technology.According to Sagrada Famlia ninth and current lead architect Jordi Fauli, construction is scheduled to be completed in 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi death. Because a long time has passed since the basilica initial construction, renovation work is carried out at the same time.
Drawing upon the designs of previous architects and incorporating Gaudi unique original concept, Sagrada Famﾃｭlia is taking shape thanks to the work of many people and many generations. This church and its rich history will surely transport you to a magical world.