Barcelona's Sagrada Familia church to be finished by 2026
BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona's emblematic Sagrada Familia church will be finished by 2026, 144 years after its construction started, its chief architect said Tuesday.
The five-tower basilica with curvilinear forms imitating nature, designed by legendary architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926), is one of Spain's top tourist attractions.
It was inaugurated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Some religious services have been held there, but about 35 percent of it still remains to be built.
"If we keep up the current construction speed, we will make it" by 2026, Jordi Fauli said.
The 54-year-old architect currently heads the project launched in 1882. Gaudi designed and supervised construction from 1883 until 1926, when he was hit by a tram and killed.
Based on a proposal by a local religious association, the Sagrada Familia is financed solely with donations and entry fees — a reason it is taking so long to build.
"My client is not in a hurry," Gaudi reportedly said, referring to God.