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Architect: Antoni Gaudi

Location: Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Official name: Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia

Website: www.sagradafamilia.cat


"It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art" – Rainer Zerbst (art critic)

Sagrada Familia, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

Though construction of Sagrada Familia had commenced in 1882, Gaudi became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear, Art Nouveau forms  with ambitious structural columns and arches.

Gaudi devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Familia's construction progressed slowly as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War—only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the mid-point in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining  and an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudi's death.

Design and details

The style of la Sagrada Familia is variously likened to Spanish Late Gothic, Spanish Baroque and to Art Nouveau (period, known as "Modernisme" in Spain).

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