Sagrada Familia In Barcelona, Spain
This is a plate shaped, bronze coloured, metal fridge magnet souvenir of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. The Sagrada Familia or Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926). Gaudi devoted his last years to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. 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. The central nave vaulting was completed in 2000 and the main tasks since then have been the construction of the transept vaults and apse. As of 2006, work concentrated on the crossing and supporting structure for the main tower of Jesus Christ as well as the southern enclosure of the central nave, which will become the Glory facade. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining.
Sagrada Familia's Construction Completion Date
One projection anticipates construction completion around 2026, the centennial of Gaudi's death-while the project's information leaflet estimates a completion date in 2028, accelerated by additional funding from visitors to Barcelona following the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Computer-aided design technology has been used to accelerate construction of the building, which had previously been expected to last for several hundred years, based on building techniques available in the early 20th century. Current technology allows stone to be shaped off-site by a CNC milling machine, whereas in the 20th century, the stone was carved by hand. In 2008, some renowned Catalan architects advocated a halt to construction, to respect Gaudi's original designs, which, although they were not exhaustive and were partially destroyed, have been partially reconstructed in recent years. In October 2010, the high speed train tunnel boring machine reached the church underground under the location of the building's principal facade. A few months later, the tunneling machine reached its endpoint. No damage to the Sagrada Familia has been reported to date.