Sagrada Família

related topics
{church, century, christian}
{@card@, make, design}
{build, building, house}
{work, book, publish}
{line, north, south}
{company, market, business}
{system, computer, user}
{rate, high, increase}

View from the Casa Milà in September  2009
(cranes digitally removed)

The Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (English: Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family, Spanish: Basílica y Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia; Catalan pronunciation: [səˈɣraðə fəˈmiɫiə]), commonly known as the Sagrada Família, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site,[3] and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.[4][5][6]

Though construction of Sagrada Familia had commenced in 1882, Gaudi took over in 1883, transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style — combining Gothic and curvilinear, Art Nouveau forms[7] with ambitious structural columns and arches.[8][9]

Gaudi devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.[10] Sagrada Familia's construction progressed slowly as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War — only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the mid-point in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining[10] and an anticipated completion date of 2026 — the centennial of Gaudí's death.

The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona — over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona's cathedral, over Gaudi's design itself,[11] over the possibility that work after Gaudi's death disregarded his design, [11] and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain's high-speed train could disturb its stability.[12]


Full article ▸

related documents
Notre Dame de Paris
Ionic order
Clairvaux Abbey
Capitoline Hill
Basilique Saint-Denis
Winchester Cathedral
St David's Cathedral
Eastern Christianity
Cadaver tomb
The Last Supper (Leonardo)
Pope Urban VIII
Acropolis of Athens
Corinthian order
Rule of Saint Benedict
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York
Christ Church, Oxford
Archbishop of Canterbury
Bath Abbey
Primate (religion)
Evangelist (Latter Day Saints)
Oriel College, Oxford
St Albans Cathedral
Lincoln Cathedral