Sagrada Familia, an unfinished masterpiece by the modernist architecture genius, Antonio Gaudí, is one of the most symbolic temples in Barcelona and visited by millions of people. For almost 120 years, it has stood majestically in the centre of the city and is awaiting completion by 2026. This date coincides with the anniversary of Gaudí's own death. Its construction and the characteristics of the building are full of surprises and anecdotes.
Gaudí was not responsible for laying the foundation stone of the project on March 19th, 1882, but the architect, Francesc de Paula Villar, was. However, before completing the monument, there were disputes with the city council and as a result, he abandoned the entire project. Then, at the age of 31, Gaudí took charge of the project and ended up getting so deeply involved that he spent the last 15 years of his life living inside this church.
Following its unique design, Sagrada Familia temple consists of curved columns in its entire structure, which imitate nature in different shapes and forms. Everything is calculated with mathematical perfection and arithmetic. The same columns emulate the form of gigantic trees that rise from the ground to the ceiling, with growth trajectories traced by mathematical calculations.