Sagrada Familia to Finish in 13 Years

Barcelona-- It will have taken 144 years to construct, but Barcelona’s emblematic Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family) cathedral will finally be completed by 2026, just 13 years from now.

Art collectors of Art Kabinett social media network will be able to view the finished structure in the not-too-distant future.

It is known as one of the most intricate and ornate works of architecture on Earth and serves as the iconic emblem of Barcelona. For the first time, it is now possible to see what it will look like when it is completed – three consecutive centuries after which construction began in 1882.

The foundation that supports it has released a video that mixes helicopter footage with 3D animation, showing how the basilica will appear when the cranes are finally taken down. The video is featured on Today's Homepage.

The rendering depicts the current main cupola rising along with several new spires and an entire new façade, all seeming to appear out of thin air.

The president of the committee in charge of finishing the massive building has declared it will be ready in time for the centenary of Gaudi's death in 1926, when the work was only a quarter finished. Gaudi – known as “God’s architect” – once famously said of the basilica, “my client is in no hurry.”

This city's second cathedral has a long history of problems. Gaudi was so impoverished that he was taken for a tramp when he died at aged 74 in 1926, after being run over by a tram on the city’s Gran Via. His body was not identified for several days.

His original plans for the vast basilica with its numerous towering spires were destroyed by anarchists during the Spanish Civil War and much guesswork has gone into the completed design.

Critics have warned that the final design and the use of cheaper modern materials will have little in common with Gaudi’s original vision.

The building will eventually have 18-spires decorated with colorful baubles, including a huge central spire over the basilica’s dome which will reach 520ft and will have a lift to carry tourists to its top.

Gaudi, who is the subject of a petition for beatification, expected his “cathedral of the poor” to take two centuries to construct.

'Warped Gothic'

La Sagrada Familia is one of Gaudi's most impressive works. This enormous church is a summary of everything that Gaudi designed before. The structural difficulties he faced and errors he committed in other projects are revisited and resolved in Sagrada Familia.

A notable example of this is Gaudi's innovative "leaning columns" (that is, columns which are not at right angles to the floor and ceiling). Previously seen in Parque Güell, leaning columns form the structure of Sagrada Familia's temple.

When designing the temple, Gaudi invented an extraordinary method for determining the correct angle for each of the leaning columns. He made a small hanging model of the church, using string to represent the columns. Then he turned the model upside down and... gravity did the math.

The architectural style of Sagrada Familia has been called "warped Gothic," and it's easy to see why. The rippling contours of the stone façade make it look as though Sagrada Familia is melting in the sun, while the towers are topped with brightly-colored mosaics which look like bowls of fruit.

Gaudi believed that color is life, and, knowing that he would not live to see completion of his masterpiece, left colored drawings of his vision for future architects to follow.

Though one of the world’s most well-known architectural masterpieces, La Sagrada Familia has not been universally loved through its long construction. George Orwell wrote in his memoir of the Spanish Civil War that the basilica was “one of the most hideous buildings in the world.”