30 September 2013
Sagrada Familia in 2.026
The expiatory church of La Sagrada Familia is a work on a grand scale which was begun on 19 March 1882 from project by the Diocesana architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901). At the end of 1883 Gaudí was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea.
The building is in the centre of Barcelona, and over the years it has become one of the most universal signs of identity of the city and the country. It is visited by millions of people every year and many more study its architectural and religious contento. It has always been an expiatory church, which means that since the outset, 131 year ago now, it has been built from donaciones. Gaudí himself said: “The expiatory church of La Sagrada Familia is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people.” The building is still going on and could be finished some time in the first third of the 21st century.
A video made by the Holy Family itself lets see how will the huge building once work has been completed, scheduled for 2026, if they continue at the pace of recent years. In just a minute and a half you can see how the building is gaining height with the construction of the dome and the central towers, like Jesus of 172 meters, surrounded by the four Evangelists, and that of the Virgin, which end up giving a new image to the profile of the city.
The final point puts the main façade, the Glory, the largest and most monumental of the three that have the Sagrada Familia, a kind of giant organ that will, when the works are already finished, at the main entrance of building.