You might be surprised to learn that one of Spain's top tourist attractions is unfinished — but that doesn't take away from the beautiful design of the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona.
Work on the Sagrada Familia began in 1882. Bookshop owner Josep Maria Bocabella had raised money to build a large church in Barcelona's Eixample district after being inspired by a trip to the Vatican in 1872.
The first architect chosen by Bocabella resigned after a year, allowing the not yet very well-known Antoni Gaudí to take over.
Gaudí would become one of the world's most famous architects and his unique, organic-looking buildings are found across Barcelona.
Believing it would take 200 years to build, Gaudí knew he wouldn't live to see the church completed. When he died in 1926 — and was buried under the church — Domènec Sugranyes took over.
Sugranyes died in 1938, and a number of other architects have led the project since then. Today, the lead architect is Jordi Fauli, who hopes to finish it.
But the Sagrada Familia, which was made into an official, working Catholic church by the Vatican in 2010, is still a Gaudí design. He developed the plans that will become the final building, with its 18 towers.
By the time the towers are finished they should make the Sagrada Familia the world's tallest church, but there is much more to impress visitors — the sculptures outside that tell the story of Jesus Christ, and inside, a ceiling of complicated shapes.
It was thought that the Sagrada Familia would be finished in 2026, but delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic mean that the world will probably have to wait a bit longer.
However, that doesn't mean progress isn't being made — and the visitors still come in their millions.
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