After Over 140 Years, Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Will Finally Be Completed in 2026

Sagrada Família to Be Completed in 2026

Photo of the cathedral in 2022. (Photo: Maksim Sokolov via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 4.0 DEED)

Strolling through Barcelona in 1882, many citizens would never have guessed that the next century would create—though painfully slowly—one of the city's most iconic buildings. At first glance, the Sagrada Família looks medieval and gothic, but in actuality, it's the work of modern architect Antoni Gaudí. Built mostly from his blueprints, it has spires topped with Christian symbols and intricate stonework. But this magnificent church is still unfinished over 100 years after its construction began. As each piece is added, it inches closer to completion, which is now anticipated for 2026—just in time for the 100-year anniversary of Gaudí's death.

The basilica is especially known for its exceptional façade, known as the Glory Façade. However, the European news is currently reporting on a debate over the completion of this entrance to the church. The late architect's planned magnificent staircase is still in the works, but there is local resistance. This is because the staircase will require the clearing of an adjoining area of the city containing 3,000 apartments and 1,000 families. A protesting lawyer, Salvador Barroso, who works with the Association for those Affected by the Sagrada Familia, has contested the staircase's existence in the original Gaudí design.

Meanwhile, work on the church has continued in the past few years, though COVID-19 created a delay in construction. The Tower of Mary was completed and topped with a star in 2021; while in 2022, the towers of Luke and Mark joined her. Once completed, the cathedral will have 18 spires, 13 of which are currently standing. Its façade with immense carvings is a prime tourist attraction, as despite being unfinished, the basilica is open for visits and worship. Check out the website for updates and more insight into this modern masterpiece.

The ongoing century-old construction of Sagrada Família may well wrap up in 2026, based on current updates.

Sagrada Família to Be Completed in 2026

A model of the complete building as currently planned. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 DEED)

h/t: [designboom]

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Madeleine Muzdakis

Madeleine Muzdakis is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and a historian of early modern Britain & the Atlantic world. She holds a BA in History and Mathematics from Brown University and an MA in European & Russian Studies from Yale University. Madeleine has worked in archives and museums for years with a particular focus on photography and arts education. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys hiking, film photography, and studying law while cuddling with her cat Georgia.
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