Is the Sagrada Familia under construction since 1882?
Yes, dear friends, we are still working on the construction of the Sagrada Família.
It all started back in 1866 when Mr. Josep Maria Bocabella founded the Catholic Association, “the Devotees of Saint Joseph.” A few years later, they began to campaign to construct an Expiatory Temple dedicated to the Holy Family.
They bought a plot of land in 1881, and in 1882, under the direction of the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, construction began. Mr. del Villar resigned one year later, and this was when everything changed. The Association then chose as the new architect a young man called Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, who would devote around 43 years of his life to this unique project.
While he was building all the other fantastic projects that we can see in the city, he always had some time for the Sagrada Família, and for the last 12 years of his life, he worked almost exclusively here.
He was able to finish the Crypt, the apse wall, and one of the façades (the one you can see in the picture).
All Barcelonians above the age of 30 have clear memories of the church without a ceiling or an inside structure.