Located in Barcelona, Spain, La Sagrada Familia is an absolutely breathtaking church. This gem is still under construction and is yet to be completed. On its completion, it will be the tallest church in the world. Antoni Gaudí is the magical artist behind this gem. His creations are spread throughout Barcelona but none have managed to create an aura and interest like the Sagrada Familia church.
Here are some interesting facts you need to know about this magnificent architecture…
- Antoni Gaudi built a school on this site called the Sagrada Familia Schools building during the early days of La Sagrada Familia’s construction. The purpose of this school was to teach the children of the construction workers while they spend their days and nights building the most magnificent structure in all of Europe. By this gesture of Gaudi’s, we can conclude that he was a very thoughtful man.
- This structure has taken way longer to build than you think. When the building of Sagrada Familia is complete, it would have taken only 50 years less than the construction of the Great Wall of China, and even longer to build than the Egyptian Pyramids.
- The most significant of all facts is that Antoni Gaudi, the creator himself, is buried there. Sagrada Familia is home to his tomb where he was buried after being killed in a tram accident. The tomb is located in the underground level of the building. Visitors are allowed to see the tomb for themselves. It is surrounded by four different chapels, each of which is dedicated to a different figure. The chapel dedicated to the El Carmen Virgin is where Gaudi’s tomb is buried.
- It may seen unbelievable when you have a look at this ancient structure but believe me, it has elevators inside! Yes they are no glass elevators, but they do let tourists see the highest and lowest parts of the building.
Now let’s look into some history…
- The construction of Sagrada Familia has been going on for over a century. The project began in 1882 and by the time Gaudi died, that is 1926, only a quarter of the basilica was finished. It’s believed to have entered its final stage of completion this year and is estimated to be finished by 2026.
- There was no digital source or computers to rely on for this project back in the late 1800s. Builders had to rely on sketches to correctly analyze and put together this massive majesty. The progress sped up rapidly on the invention of computers in the mid 20th So thanks to computers, without it, we would have kept waiting a lot longer.
- Even though it has a long way to be completed, Sagrada Familia was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1984. The reason being its artistic splendor and unique architecture. However, this designation may not seem as a surprise as Sagrada Familia is one of the seven buildings constructed by Gaudi to fall under this category.
- Many people have tried taking it down. In the midst of the Spanish Civil War in 1936, Sagrada Familia was invaded by a group of anarchists and the crypt was set on fire. This period in history was a major setback to the construction of the building due to obvious reasons.
Make sure to visit the Sagrada Familia church the next time you are in Europe!
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