La Sagrada Familia: 10 Interesting Facts about Gaudís Masterpiece

1. Gaudí Is Not the One Who Started It AllEven though La Sagrada Familia is Gaudís masterpiece, hes not the one who started this project. Jose Maria Bocabella, a Spanish bookseller and philanthropist, was amazed by one church in Italy and wanted the similar one built in Spain. He funded the project that was going to be executed by the architect Francisco Paula del Villar. After many disagreements with the construction board, Villar retired from this project and Gaudí took over. He completely changed the plans and gave La Sagrada Familia its unique look. If it wasnt for him, this masterpiece would be yet another Gothic Revival church. 2. Its Been under Construction for More Than a CenturyLa Sagrada Familia is Gaudís most famous work which still stands unfinished. The construction started in 1882 and when Gaudí died in 1926, only about a quarter of this landmark was finished. It has b ...

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