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Sagrada Família to Pay Off $41 Million Debt to Barcelona for Building Permits

Sagrada Família to Pay Off $41 Million Debt to Barcelona for Building Permits
Sagrada Família to Pay Off $41 Million Debt to Barcelona for Building Permits, Sagrada Família. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família
Sagrada Família. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

The trustees of Barcelona's historic Sagrada Família have reached an agreement with the city council to pay off $41 million in debt for not having the appropriate building permits. As the New York Times reports, the saga has continued for more than a century, as an original building permit issued in 1885 by Sant Martí de Provençals was no longer valid when the town was absorbed into the city of Barcelona. Designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí in 1882, the Sagrada Família is still under construction 136 years later.

Sagrada Família. Image © Flickr User: haschelsax, bajo CC BY-ND 2.0 Sagrada Família. Image © Renate Dodell Sagrada Família. Image © John Kennan Sagrada Família. Image © Flickr User: Kah-Wai Lin, bajo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 + 7

Sagrada Família. Image © Flickr User: Kah-Wai Lin, bajo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Sagrada Família. Image © Flickr User: Kah-Wai Lin, bajo CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Church officials have agreed to pay off the debt over a 10 year period in installments. In exchange, they plan for the permit to help improve public transportation in the surrounding areas. "The Sagrada Família is an icon and the most visited monument in our city," Ada Colau, mayor of Barcelona, tweeted on Thursday. "After two years of dialogue we have made an agreement that will guarantee the payment of the license, secure access to the monument and facilitate local life with improvements to public transport and redevelopment of the nearby streets."

Sagrada Família. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família
Sagrada Família. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família
Sagrada Família. Image © Flickr User: haschelsax, bajo CC BY-ND 2.0
Sagrada Família. Image © Flickr User: haschelsax, bajo CC BY-ND 2.0

One of the best known structures of Catalan Modernisme, the Sagrada Família draws over three million visitors annually. Gaudi worked on the project until his death in 1926, in full anticipation he would not live to see it finished. Once completed, La Sagrada Familia will feature eighteen towers presenting a unique view of the temple from any single vantage point. Even as construction continues, older portions are undergoing cleaning and restoration. The temple has relied entirely on private donations since its inception, and has seen many delays due to lack of funding.

The Sagrada Família is set to be complete in 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death.

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Cite: Eric Baldwin. "Sagrada Família to Pay Off $41 Million Debt to Barcelona for Building Permits" 22 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/904439/sagrada-familia-to-pay-off-41-dollars-million-debt-to-barcelona-for-building-permits/> ISSN 0719-8884
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Sagrada Família. Image © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

高迪遗作“圣家堂大教堂”居然违建136年,需缴2.8亿人民币罚款

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