Gaudi’s masterpiece finally got a construction permit. But a 137-year bureaucratic bottleneck is not the only unique fact about the Sagrada Familia.
Last Friday, Barcelona finally gave the green light for the construction of Antonio Gaudi’s architectural masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia. The request for construction had been submitted in 1885, but it took authorities 137 years to address the query. In the meantime, work had begun but was never completed as Gaudi, a devout Catholic, died in a tram accident in 1926.
Now, the teams of architects working to complete his vision think that the cathedral could be completed by 2026, a hundred years after Gaudi’s passing. But centuries-long bureaucratic bottlenecks are not the only unusual feature about this church. Here are five amazing facts about one of the most wondrous Cathedrals in the world.
1. It was almost destroyed during the Civil War.
When Spanish Civil War broke out in 1936, a group of anarchists occupied what was then an early version of the Sagrada Familia. They set fire to the crypt and destroyed most of Gaudi’s blueprints, drawing and plaster models. It took researchers 16 years to re-assemble the lost documents by collecting surviving fragments.