Sagrada Familia Barcelona by Antoni Gaudi

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Sagrada Familia to Pay City of Barcelona €36 Million

Sagrada Familia Barcelona by Antoni Gaudi
photos © Adrian Welch

Barcelona’s unfinished Sagrada Familia church has agreed to pay 36 million euros ($41 million) to city authorities after it was found to be lacking a building permit — despite breaking ground on construction 136 years ago!

Sagrada Familia started on site in 1883 in an undeveloped area outwith Barcelona. In 1885, a construction authorization letter was received by Gaudi from the town of Sant Martí de Provençals. This document sufficed until now as the only official building permit.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona by Antoni Gaudi

Barcelona mayor Ana Colau recently reached an agreement with the building owners to end more than 130 years of legal limbo, while construction proceeded without a proper license.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona by Antoni Gaudi

This “administrative silence” was tolerated by previous mayors. However recently the protests of neighborhood residents over the impact of the church’s surging tourist traffic prompted the mayor into action.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona by Antoni Gaudi

The terms of the agreement include a payment to the city, over 10 years, of 36 million euros ($41 million) by the building’s Construction Junta, overseen by the Catholic Church.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona by Antoni Gaudi

The funds are set to alleviate the impact of the ongoing construction project on public services:

$25m will go to improving public transportation citywide
$8 million for a new access point from the local metro station
$4.6 million to reconfigure the surrounding streets – including pedestrianization
$3.4 million toward their maintenance.

Around 4.5 million visitors come to the famous building every year.

Sagrada Familia by architect Antoni Gaudi

With an estimated annual income of U.S. $90 m from ticket sales and an annual construction budget of roughly $60 m, the payments will not affect the rhythm of construction. Work is scheduled to finally finish in 2026, on the centennial of Gaudí’s death.

page updated 20 Jul 2016 ; 1 Oct 2012

Sagrada Familia Multimedia Show

Sound and light show at this famous Antoni Gaudi building:

Project by Moment Factory.

The first sound and light spectacle to be projected on the complex façade of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.


Ode à la vie – Project by Moment Factory.

The first sound and light spectacle to be projected on the complex façade of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

The 15 minute multimedia show presented was within La Mercè Festival in Barcelona this weekend.

Sagrada Familia by architect Antoni Gaudi
photos © Adrian Welch

The inspiration for the show was to realise Antonio Gaudi’s dream for the Sagrada Familia façade to be full of colours.

20 Apr 2011

Sagrada Familia Fire

A fire has destroyed original feature of the Sagrada Familia by architect Antoni Gaudi. Reports estimate that 1500 people were evacuated in arson attack. Tourists were hurriedly evacuated from Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia basilica after an arson attack destroyed part of the original work of its eccentric architect, Antoni Gaudi. A local man reportedly set the blaze after walking into the sacristy, spraying it with a flammable liquid and setting fire to the priests’ robes stored there, reports the Arts Journal.

Sagrada Familia
photo © Adrian Welch

Sagrada Familia

Church of the Holy Family

Location: northeast Barcelona
Date built: 1884
Design: Antoni Gaudí, Architect

Sagrada Familia by architect Antoni Gaudi

Literally ‘Sacred Family’ this church is the most striking and largest of all Antoni Gaudi buildings.

Photos of building exterior – western entrance:

Sagrada Familia by architect Antoni Gaudi

Sagrada Familia architect: Antoni Gaudi

Probably the most stunning piece of Spanish architecture, a wild and inventive building.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi church building

Antoni Gaudi is a surrealist architect and his work has often been compared to that of Surrealist artist Salvador Dali, who of course is also Spanish.

Sagrada Familia by architect Antoni Gaudi

Sagrada Familia uses caricatures in stone to portray the story of Christianity but its flamboyance has made it a symbol for the city as a whole. Gaudi frequently uses organic elements on the top of his spires, shaped like cloves crossed with the crucifix they are powerfully sculptural and very distinctive.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi church building

Antoni Gaudi is often bracketed as one of the key European organic architects. In the Sagrada Familia building the architect evokes nature as well as Biblical scenes: in the photos you can see many of the columns fan out like plants for example.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona, Antoni Gaudi church building

More images of Sagrada Familia, Barcelona:

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photos © Adrian Welch

More Sagrada Familia images available: photos 1280×1024 pixels, 72dpi

Sagrada Familia to use Scottish Stone
Stone from Clashach Quarry, Moray, is being used to complete parts of Sagrada Familia by Gaudi in Barcelona: a ceiling and a main staircase.

Sandstone from the quarry of Moray Stone Cutters has already been used in the construction of the National Museum of Scotland and the extension to the National Gallery in Edinburgh, as well as the 9/11 memorial in New York.

The contract will involve up to five tonnes of sandstone, with blocks as large as one metre cubed, being transported to Spain each month for the next two years to the temple site where construction work first began in 1882.

The quarry secured the contact after Moray Stone Cutters supplied sandstone for work on the nearby Barcelona Cathedral in 2005
Jul 2006.

The eastern frontage to Sagrada Familia has delicate sculpture. The western entry has more strenuous Gaudi sculpting.

Sagrada Familia Photos

Photos of this major Antoni Gaudi building from Summer 2011:

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photos © Adrian Welch

Sagrada Familia Photos amongst Barcelona architecture set


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Key Antoni Gaudi buildings in Barcelona

Casa Batllo, Passeig de Gracia, Eixample
Casa Batlo building
photo © Isabelle Lomholt

Casa Mila – La Pedrera, Passeig de Gracia, Eixample
La Pedrera building
picture © Adrian Welch

Park Guell, north Barcelona
Park Guell Barcelona
image © AW

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Barcelona Pavilion

News re Antoni Gaudi Buildings in Barcelona
UNESCO has added four Barcelona buildings by architect Antoni Gaudi to its list of World Heritage sites: the Nativity Façade and crypt of the Sagrada Familia, Casa Batllo, the crypt of Colonia Güell and Casa Vicens.
Other Barcelona buildings by Antoni Gaudi – Parque Güell, Palacio Güell and Casa Mila – have been listed since 1984.

Sagrada Familia Barcelona : Photos © Adrian Welch

Barcelona Cathedral

Nou Camp Stadium

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