Sagrada Familia In Barcelona
This is a bronze coloured, metal fridge magnet, souvenir of Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. The Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family or La Sagrada Familia was commenced 1882 and is due for completion 2026-2028(estimate). It has a capacity for 9,000 persons and 18 spires (8 already built). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI. Architect Antoni Gaudi became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style-combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. He 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. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining.
Opposition to the Sagrada Familia
The basilica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona-over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona's cathedral, over Gaudi's design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudi's death disregarded his design, and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain's high-speed train could disturb its stability. Parts of the unfinished basilica and Gaudi's models and workshop were destroyed during the war by Catalan anarchists. The present design is based on reconstructed versions of the plans that were burned in a fire as well as on modern adaptations. 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. On 19 April 2011, an arsonist started a small fire in the sacristy which forced the evacuation of tourists and construction workers, but caused minimal damage. The sacristy itself, however, was destroyed by the fire, which took 45 minutes to contain.