Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Consecrated

November 9, 2010 · Posted in Architects, Architecture Around the World, Throwbacks 

Typically, I would wait for a Throwback to post on an older building like this, but Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is in the spotlight this week.  Though incomplete, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the church and proclaimed it a minor basilica on Sunday, November 7, 2010.  The church has history oozing from every little crack, it seems.  Construction was started in 1882, Gaudi became the architect in 1883, Gaudi passed away in 1926, the Spanish Civil War halted construction in 1936, when it resumed in the 40’s some of the models of the church and some of the church itself had been damaged, construction continues today and the completion goal is now 2026- 100 years after the death of Gaudi and 144 years after construction began.  Funding for the construction comes entirely from visitor’s fees and private donations.  Commenting on the lengthy process of building the church, Gaudi is said to have commented, “My client is not in a hurry.”

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