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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Sagrada Familia

Designed by now famous architect Antonio Gaudi, Sagrada Familia is a Roman Catholic cathedral still under construction in Barcelona. Work on the cathedral started in 1882 and Gaudi himself worked on it for 40 years, 15 of which he dedicated exclusively to it, until his death in 1926. When asked about the deadline of his project, now scheduled to 2026, Gaudi said “My client is not in a hurry.”

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Sagrada Familia features 18 huge towers representing the 12 Apostles, the 4 Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and, the tallest one, Jesus Christ, which, upon the cathedral’s completion will have a huge cross mounted on top. The height of the church will be of 170 meters, one meter shorter than a neighboring hill, because Gaudi believed his creation shouldn’t be higher than God. It will have three facades, the Nativity to the East, the Glory to the South and the Passion to the West.

You might think the building process has already taken too long but at the start of the 20th century, specialist predicted the project would be completed in several hundred years. Thanks to technological progress we might live long enough to see it completed.

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