Temple de la Sagrada Familia

Temple de la Sagrada FamiliaThe La Sagrada Familia is a breathtaking Roman Catholic basilica that is located in Barcelona, Spain.  Known as the "Church of the Holy Family" in English, this church is considered unique in the sense that it is still under construction even today.

Construction on the said building began sometime in 1882 and is still ongoing today pending other areas in the overall design that hasn’t yet been started. Funding for the construction of the church is not supported by any government or even from official church sources. It has largely been funded by generous patrons and through private donations. Some funds are also taken from tickets bought by tourists who want to take a peek inside this magnificent basilica.

In its current state, the said building is expected to be completed at around 2026. The intricateness of the design has largely been attributed to the ongoing history of completing the basilica. Its detailed and highly intricate design can be credited to its primary architect, Antoni Gaudi. The architect spent over 40 years working on the project and spent the last 15 years of his life trying to complete it. After Gaudi’s death in 1926, work was resumed with Domenech Sugranyes on the reins until construction was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1935.

Architects such as Francesc Quintana, Isidre Puig Boada, Lluis Bonet y Gari and Francesc Cardoner have carried on the work in constructing the Sagrada Familia since the 1940’s. Jordi Bonet y Armengol is the current director that handles the construction of the basilica.

The church’s most striking feature is its spiandle shaped towers. It has a total of 18 tall towers that represents the twelve apostles in ascending order of height. Another four stands for the Four Evangelists, Matthew Mark Luke and John. Another tower stands for the Virgin Mary while the tallest of them all represents Jesus Christ. The towers, aside from their height are also identified by other traditional symbols that stand for the Biblical characters.

The smaller towers range from 90 to 120 meters in height while the tallest stands at 170 meters. Eight of the 18 towers have since been completed with the others still on different phases of construction. Construction is currently focused on building the nave as well as the southern façade known as the Glory Facade. The Nativity Facade have already been completed in the time of Gaudi while the Passion Facade was completed in 1987.

Although the Sagrada Familia is still far from finished, it is already quite a spectacle to behold. It gives quite a sight even from afar and even in its incomplete glory. The interior of the church is also quite an interesting sight to check out with the different geometrical details and a mix of different art styles that are evidently instilled on the design during the different phases of construction work since the early1880’s.

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