Good news for all you architecture buffs and Gaudí aficionados; the Sagrada Família is finally entering into its last stage of construction. That’s right – Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece, which has been a work-in-progress for more than 130 years, is close to completion.
To finish the sprawling basilica, six new spires will be constructed. The tallest of which, the Tower of Jesus Christ, will measure 172.5 meters high, making it the tallest cathedral in Europe. Once it is complete, the structure will feature a whopping eighteen towers, each dedicated to a religious figure. Their varying heights will symbolize and reflect the figures’ hierarchy.Though the announcement is exciting, don’t pack your bags and hop on a plane to Barcelona just yet. It’s only about 70% finished. The estimated completion date is around 2026, just in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death. However, current chief architect Jordi Fauli expects that some decorative elements could take even longer to finish, stating “It’s difficult to predict but we can say that it will be completed by 2030, 2032.” So for the next 15 years or so, the Sagrada Família will remain what it has been for over 100 years: a stunning, breathtaking work-in-progress.
Until then, we can hold ourselves over with this mesmerizing projection video released by the Sagrada Família Foundation.