Brief Construction History of the Sagrada Familia
The Sagrada Familia church is one of Barcelona's oldest and most iconic steeples. It is an unfinished landmark that was first designed by architect Francisco de Paula del Villar and was later redesigned by Art Nouveau stalwart Antoni Gaudi in 1883. Construction of the church commenced in 1882 and is still in progress with experts giving it an estimate of another decade, before its final completion. The initial idea for building the church was initiated by a devout religious group, whose objective was to revive Christianity among Barcelonans. The first incarnation of the church was that of a neo-Gothic building. However, after Gaudi took over the construction, he completely remodeled the design by infusing it with modernist elements. After Gaudi's demise in 1926, only one portion of the church had been complete. These included the apse and the crypt, which comprised the Nativity Facade. During his tenure, Gaudi feverishly dedicated himself to the construction of the church and was constantly improvising and experimenting with new designs and models. Most of the blueprints for his designs were destroyed during the Civil War of 1936. This metal fridge magnet depicting Sagrada Familia is an apt souvenir to take back home to remember your tour of Spain.
The Final Incarnation of the Sagrada Familia
Although most prototypes of Gaudi were destroyed, construction is currently being carried out, based on the architect's last design, which envisaged a building that was 312 feet in length and 187 feet wide. Upon completion, the church would have a seating capacity of 13,000 people and there would be a total of eighteen towers. Construction of the church fell into abeyance in the 1930's, due to shortage of funds during the Civil War. Works was resumed in the mid 1950's and at present eight out of eighteen towers have been completed. The most monumental of the three facades in the building is the third facade known as the Glory Facade.