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By most accounts, it is currently the oldest construction project in the world. And now the completion of the works of Barcelona’s iconic La Sagrada Familia church, which began in 1882, is going to take even longer.
Daily based in Barcelona Periodic daily reports that the work on the church, which began as the vision of the master architect Antoni Gaudi, was due to be completed in 2026. But a press conference on Tuesday, September 21, confirmed that the deadline will not be met, in part because of COVID-19-related delays. Officials also provided new details on the impending completion of the Mare de Déu Tower (Tower of the Virgin).
El Periódico – 09/22/2021
El Periodico reports daily on the latest delay in what may be the oldest construction project in the world.
Round after round … Slowly but surely, La Sagrada Família has grown higher and higher under the eager eyes of Barcelona residents and visitors for almost 140 years. However, all will have to show a little more patience before seeing the famous architectural project finally completed. At Tuesday’s press conference, the general manager of the Sagrada Familia Building Council, Xavier Martínez, and the architect’s director, Jordi Faulí, had good and bad news to share.
As feared, the completion date of the Sagrada Familia has been delayed. Due to the pandemic, work stopped in early March when Spain entered a national lockdown. Thus, hopes for the 2026 inauguration in what would have been the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death are dashed.
Although he ruled out new completion forecasts until post-COVID normalcy is restored – at the earliest in 2024 – Martínez said: “Finish in 2030, rather than being a realistic forecast, would be an illusion, starting the construction process will not be easy, “reports La Vanguardia.
But what are a few more years when you’ve already waited for 139, after all? However delayed, construction will very soon pass a new stage with the completion of the Mare de Déu tower (tower of the Virgin), the first tower of the temple to be completed in 44 years and the second highest spire of the complex. It will be crowned with a 12-pointed star which will light up on December 8, the day of the Immaculate Conception.
Then would come the completion of the tower of the evangelist Lucas and, possibly, the tower of Jesus Christ, the most important of the Sagrada Familia, reaching 172.5 meters thanks to an illuminated “large cross” of 13.5 meters wide. It will be made of glass and porcelain stoneware to reflect daylight and will be illuminated at night and cast rays of light.
La Sagrada Familia through the years
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