MANILA, Philippines?Construction of the expiatory church of La Sagrada Familia in Spain began on March 19, 1882, and continues to this day. It is expected to be completed in 2026.
Considered the masterwork of renowned Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (1852?1926), its idiosyncratic design has made it one of Barcelona?s top tourist attractions for many years.
The building has been visited by millions of tourists, both for its architectural and religious significance.
Aside from magnificent views from its towers, the church houses the Sagrada Familia Museum, which documents the church?s turbulent history and explains the concept and symbolism of its architecture.
Since 1881, when the Spiritual Association of the Devotees of St. Joseph managed to buy a plot of land for a church dedicated to the Holy Family, the church has been built on donations. Architect Francisco de Paula del Villar started building the church in 1882, before it was handed over to Gaudí toward the end of 1883, who worked on the church until his death in 1926.
Different architects have continued to work on the still unfinished structure.
La Sagrada Familia is famous for its grand façades. Already completed is the Nativity façade, which faces east, and presents Christ?s birth, childhood and young manhood. Next to be completed is the Passion façade, which faces west, and depicts the sacrifice, suffering and death of Christ.
The yet-to-be-completed Glory façade, which faces south, ?will present man in the general order of creation, showing his origin, his purpose and the roads he must take to accomplish it.?
When finished, the church will have 18 towers: 12 dedicated to the apostles, 4 to the evangelists, one to Jesus and another to Mary. Inquirer Research
Source: Official website of Sagrada Familia (http://www.sagradafamilia.cat)