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This church – one of the most architecturally unconventional churches, and also the main attraction of Barcelona. It is located in the north of the city.
Antoni Gaudi took over the construction of this church in 1883. By this time, plans for the construction of the building were already ready and even a crypt was partially built. Initially, the church was planned as a neo-Gothic structure, but Gaudi completely changed the plans. As with his other works, the architect did not know until the very end what the church would look like, as he often made additions and changes during construction.
Gaudi assumed that the construction will last 10-15 years. Since the cathedral was built with donations, there were also some financial constraints. As a result, the cathedral was never completed.
Now only the vines of the viper, the Christmas gate with four towers, the crypt in which Antoni Gaudi was buried in 1926, the nave wall and partly the western Passion Gate, have been built. Sagrada Familia – an unconventional mixture of new ideas and established styles.
In the church museum, you can see photographs and sketches depicting Gaudi's works. There are also plaster models of sculptures and a huge model of this church.
The towers of the Christmas Gate can be climbed up a narrow open spiral staircase. An old elevator is located nearby. Going upstairs, you can look at the city and on the roofs of the towers, which are lined with majolica.
According to the Spanish government, the cathedral will not be fully completed until 2026.
Together with the rest of Gaudi's works, this church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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