Sagrada Familia (full name Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia) is a Roman Catholic Church, located in Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain), which since 1984 has officially become a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a famous Spanish Property of Cultural Interest.
The structure was designed by the Spanish Catalan architect best-known for being a representative of Catalan Modernism, Antoni Gaudi i Cornet. At his death, which took place in 1926, the basilica was not completed and in fact it is not fully completed not even today, being scheduled to be finished in 2026, but still respecting the work and Gaudí’s original plans, when Sagrada Família is expected to become the tallest church building in the world. Yet much controversy exists regarding the use of new and modern construction materials, that many people feel Gaudi would not have considered acceptable. The architectural style of la Sagrada Familia illustrates the expressionist symbols and resembles the Spanish Gothic architecture, the popularity and success of the Baroque style, but also with elements of the “new art”, the most popular style of art, architecture and applied art during 1890 and 1905. The basilica will have three impressive facades: the Nativity facade, which will be situated to the East side, the Passion facade (West), and the Glory facade (South), which will be the biggest and most striking of the facades and which will offer access to the central nave.
The construction process on Sagrada Familia is not funded by any government or official church sources. Private individuals provided money for the first stages and at present money gained by selling tickets to visit the building are used in order to sustain the work, while private donations are also an important part of the resources.
The giant temple Sagrada Familia is a magnificent building and one of the most important touristic attractions in Barcelona, being considered the most impressive work of Antoni Gaudi.
Pictures of Sagrada Familia
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