25 Mar, 2024 @ 12:36
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Spain’s Sagrada Familia ‘will be completed by 2026’: Construction of iconic basilica in Barcelona will finish over a century since its genius architect died

Sagrada Familia Pinnacle Of Jesus Christ Tower Presented
September 21, 2021, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain: Tourists visiting the Basilica 'La Sagrada Familia' fund the ongoing construction of the temple. Due to the Corona-Virus crisis and the resulting lower volume of tourism the date of completion has been postponed and there will no new date announced until 2024, when the works will hopefully again at the pace of 2019. (Credit Image: © Matthias Oesterle/ZUMA Press Wire)

BARCELONA’S iconic Sagrada Familia has finally been given a completion date – over 100 years since its master architect died.

Antoni Gaudi’s spectacular gothic basilica, which looms high over Spain’s second largest city, will be completed by 2026 according to builders. 

Work on the structure first began in 1882, with the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s construction dogged by wars, fire, a lack of funds and, most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic.

Esteve Camps, the president of the company building the Sagrada Familia, claims to have sufficient funds and materials to complete the project, including the 172.5 metre central tower.

Aerial Drone View Sagrada Familia Barcelona Spain
The Sagrada Familia will finally be complete – 144 years since construction began. Credit: Cordon Press

However, work on sculptures and further intricate details could continue until 2034, as well as a stairway leading up to the main entrance which has sparked controversy after it emerged that over 1,000 families and businesses would need to be dislodged.

Camps said: “We are following Gaudi’s plan to the letter. We are his heirs and we can’t renounce the project. The plan presented to the local authority in 1915, which was signed by Gaudi, includes the stairway”.

The Sagrada Familia is Barcelona’s most popular tourist attraction, with close to 5 million annual visitors cumulatively spending over €125m.

Yet it has not always been popular with everyone – George Orwell once described it as ‘one of the most hideous buildings in the world’ and lamented that a fire set off by anarchists in 1936 had failed to completely destroy the monument.


Ben Pawlowski

Ben joined the Olive Press in January 2024 after a four-month stint teaching English in Paraguay. He loves the adrenaline rush of a breaking news story and the tireless work required to uncover an eye-opening exclusive. He is currently based in Barcelona from where he covers the city, the wider Catalunya region, and the north of Spain. Send tips to [email protected]

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