The Sagrada Família
The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaundi. Although incomplete, the church is a world heritage site and was proclaimed a ‘minor basilica’ by Pope Benedict XVI only last year.
Construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882 and Gaudi became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and Curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Construction has taken over 129 years with the date for completion nearing and set for 2026, which will be the centenary of Gaudi’s death.
The Sagrada tells the life of Jesus and the history of faith (hence the name, which translates as ‘the Holy Family’). Described as, "the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages”, the Sagrada Família is a truly awe-inspiring piece of architecture and design genius.