Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, famously known as the Sagrada Familia is the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in the world. This iconic building in Barcelona is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Spain. Its construction began in 1882 and has been incomplete for over 140 years. The chief architect Antoni Gaudi dedicated his whole life to this project and still, by the time of his death, less than a quarter of the basilica was complete.
Visiting the breathtaking Sagrada Familia today also means witnessing a giant red crane and the slow progress towards the completion of the project. Sagrada Familia is now expected to be completed in 2026, the centenary of Gaudi's death. Once the spires are completed, Sagrada Familia will go on to be the tallest cathedral in the world.
Theoretically, the construction of the Sagrada Familia should be finished in 2026.
The death of Gaudi was one of the first instances to have halted the progress of the church's construction. Ten years later, when the Spanish Civil War broke out, the construction was halted. The vandals who destroyed the models and plans for the basilica did no favors to the progress.
Over the years, the construction of Sagrada Familia gained momentum but was temporarily halted again in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the basilica was reopened to key workers in July 2020 and now, the completion of Sagrada Familia is advancing at a promising speed.
Five generations have watched the progress of the basilica. It is only poetically fitting that the fruition of this one-of-a-kind spectacle is now expected to be finished in 2026, which marks the centenary of Gaudi's death.
Barcelona's top attraction, Sagrada Familia, has repeatedly missed the completion date and has become the longest architectural project in the world. Over 140 years of slow progress, the structure has finally gained pace but two aspects may still be unfinished by 2026. The Director General of Sagrada Familia himself sees a realistic picture where it might even be 2030, 2035 or 2040 before the project is entirely finished.
Although the current estimated completion date is a few years away, it is still expected that artistic parts of the massive structure would still be under hammers and saws.
With more than 100 pieces recomposed, five different computer programs and 3D printing have been put to use to speed up the process.
3D printing and Virtual Reality sets have helped visualize the designs and create dimensional simulations. An innovative tensioned stone technique has also greatly accelerated the construction time.
The construction of Sagrada Familia or Basilica de la Sagrada Familia is expected to be completed in 2026, the centenary of the death of chief architect Antoni Gaudi, who dedicated his life to this project. A good influx of funding, new innovations and technological advancements have sped up the construction process in recent years.
The construction of Sagrada Familia began in 1882 under Francisco de Paula del Villar.
Sagrada Familia's construction was hampered by the death of Antoni Gaudi. It was then delayed in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War. After that, recently, construction was temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Sagrada Familia is far from being completed. While the plan had been to finish the work on the basilica in 2026, due to unexpected delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, it is expected that the work would take longer. According to Sagrada Familia's director general Xavier Martinez "It could be in 2030, 2035, 2040" before the basilica is completed. .
The steeples and most of the church's structure are to be completed by 2026. However, it might take longer to complete some other parts of the basilica; the decorative elements should be complete by 2030 or 2032, or even later.
The sculptures and symbols, as well as the main entrance of the Sagrada Familia will remain incomplete and could take a few years before its done.