For 137 years, the construction of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia had been carried …
For 137 years, the construction of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia had been carried out illegally. That all changed on Friday after the Catholic church finally received its building permit, according to a city official. The designer, Catalan modernist Antoni Gaudí, had asked for a permit in 1885 but never received an answer, according to the church. And even though construction of the neo-Gothic church began in 1882, authorities only discovered in 2016 that it never had planning permission, AFP reported. Architects have worked to finish the church according to Gaudí’s original design, and work is scheduled to end in 2026, marking 100 years since his death. About 4.5 million people visit the unfinished basilica every year.
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