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

13:00 - 22 October, 2018
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has continued for more than a century, as an original building permit issued in 1885 by Sant Martí de Provençals was no longer valid when the town was absorbed into the city of Barcelona.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

AD Classics: La Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudí

00:00 - 16 October, 2013
AD Classics: La Sagrada Familia / Antoni Gaudí, The Passion Facade © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família
The Passion Facade © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada Família

Construction of the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família began in 1882, more than a century ago. The temple is still under construction, with completion expected in 2026. It is perhaps the best known structure of Catalan Modernisme, drawing over three million visitors annually. Architect Antoni Gaudi worked on the project until his death in 1926, in full anticipation he would not live to see it finished.

© John Kennan © John Kennan © Expiatory Temple of the Sagrada  Família © Jose Gonzalvo + 38