This Roman-Catholic church has been under construction since 1882 and it's still not finished. It has been estimated that it will be completed by 2026. Antoni Gaudí worked 40 years at this project and after his death in 1926 construction slowed dramatically due to a lack of funds and the civil war. Construction pace started to pick up again in the mid 1950s and now two facades and eight towers have been completed. Currently construction is mainly focusing on the nave and the main southern facade known as the Glory Facade. This facade will picture life and death.
Even though the Sagrada Familia is far from finished, the remarkable church is well worth a visit. You can visit the crypt were Gaudí is buried. A museum tells the story of this great architect and the history of the church. You can also visit the towers. A lift and a long walk will lead you to the top of a tower from where you have a magnificent view over Barcelona. The climb is not recommended for those with fear of heights or for people with claustrophobia. 2.26 million people visited the partially built church in 2004, making it one of the most popular attractions in Spain.
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