photo of La Sagrada Familia by Antoni Gaudí i Cornet in Barcelona, Eixample district

La Sagrada Familia

 Barcelona, Eixample district

 Antoni Gaudí i Cornet

The Sagrada Família is a massive, privately-funded Roman Catholic church that has been under construction since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026. Considered the master-work of Gaudí, the project's vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona's (and Spain's) top tourist attractions for many years.

Gaudí devoted the last 15 years of his life entirely to the endeavor. After Gaudí's death in 1926, work continued under the direction of Domčnech Sugranyes but was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Parts of the unfinished church and Gaudí's models and workshop were destroyed during the war by Catalan anarchists. The present design is based on reconstructed versions of the lost plans as well as on modern adaptations.

The church is scheduled to open for worship by September 2010.

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