Sagrada Familia is under construction since 1882?
Yes, dear friends, we are still working on the construction of Sagrada Familia.
It all started back in 1866 when Mr. Bocabella founded the Catholic Association “the Devotees of Saint Joseph.” A few years later, they began to campaign for the construction of an Expiatory Temple dedicated to the Holly Family.
They bought a plot of land in 1881, and in 1882, under the direction of the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar, the construction began. Mr. del Villar resigned one year later, and this was when everything changed. The Association chose then as the new architect, a young one called Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, that would devote around 43 years of his life to this unique project.
While he was building all the fantastic projects that we can see in our city, he always had some time for Sagrada Familia, and for the last 12 years, he almost worked exclusively here.
He was able to finish the Crypt, the apse wall, and one façade (the one you can see in the picture).
All “Barcelonians” older than 30 years have clear memories of the church without a ceiling or an inside structure.
Gaudí died in 1926 without having finished the whole design, and 10 years later, at the beginning of the Spanish Civil war, his workshop was burned entirely, and we lost most of the paper plans that he was keeping inside there. Luckily some information and plaster models were not lost for good.
In 1954 they started the construction of the Pasion Façade, and the most important date in this new century was November 7th, 2010, when Pope Benedict consecrated the Church.
Most of the work now is focused on the construction of the 6 towers on the rooftop of the Basilica. And according to the architects in 2016, we’ll see the architectural part of the Sagrada Familia finished with an incredible 540 feet tower representing Jesus on the central part.
Let’s not forget Mr. Gaudi’s words about him not being able to finish the construction.
“It is not a disappointment that I will not be able to finish the temple. I will grow old, but others will come after me. What must always be preserved is the spirit of the work; its life will depend on the generations that transmit this spirit and bring it to life.” A. Gaudí
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Enjoy now this video about the LIFE inside Sagrada Familia during one whole year.