Basílica de la Sagrada Família

– visited April 2016 –

Barcelona’s Basílica de la Sagrada Família, the Basilica of the Holy Family, has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site without even being finished. Construction began in 1882 as a conventional church building but just one year later the famous Antoni Gaudí took charge and transformed the project into a personal fantasy. A church unlike any other church building you have ever seen. The architect devoted the rest of his life to the project but when he died in 1926 less than a quarter was complete. Construction, solely relying on private donations, has been slow and ongoing ever since. The minor basilica was finally consecrated in 2010 and the project is supposed to be finished in 2026, the centenary of Gaudí’s death.