Sagrada Familia In Spain Barcelona
This is a bronze coloured metal fridge magnet of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia in Spain Barcelona. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) the Sagrada Familia church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2010 it was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI. Commenced in 1882, Gaudi became involved in 1883 taking over the project and transforming it with his architectural and engineering style of Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. 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. Construction passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026-the centennial of Gaudi's death.
Not In A Hurry To Complete Work
Newly constructed stonework at the Sagrada Familia is clearly visible against the stained and weathered older sections. On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudi is said to have remarked: "My client is not in a hurry." When Gaudi died in 1926, the basilica was between 15 and 25 percent complete. After Gaudi's death, work continued under the direction of Domenec Sugranes i Gras until interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1936. 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. Since 1940 the 4 different architects have carried on the work. The illumination was designed by Carles Buigas. The current director has been introducing computers into the design and construction process since the 1980s. 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. 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.