Here's How Sagrada Familia Will Look When It's Finally Done In 2026

When Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí was tragically killed by a train in 1926, he was in the middle of building of his masterpiece—the Barcelona basilica, Sagrada Familia. Eighty-six years later, the church still isn't complete. But according to Jordi Faulí, the current architect on the magnificent life-sized sand castle, it'll be done by 2026. This is what it's going to look like.

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Construction on Sagrada Familia began in 1882, and since Gaudí's death, nine architects have been put on the famously never-ending project. One of the controversial roadblocks to its completion was the fire in the crypt of Sagrada Familia in 1936, which destroyed all the plans, sketches, and models Gaudí had left behind, forcing later designers to interpret what they thought the brilliant Gaudí wanted the basilica to look like.

This video shows what the culmination of the work being funded mainly through public donations, including the massive, yet-to-be-finished 564-foo tower at its center. But a lot can happen between now and 2026—so we'll believe it when we see it. [Gizmodo ES]

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Was in Barcelona for a few days on my honeymoon last year. Loved the city as a whole (2nd time I've been there and would go back in a heartbeat), but this was far and away the coolest thing we saw when we were there, even though it's not an architectural style I particularly love. Well worth the wait to get inside (line moves quite quickly considering it's literally around the entire block of the cathedral). You simply can't comprehend the scale unless you're there, and not even wholly from outside the building. Gaudi's use of light inside is incredible and there's so much to look at you could easily spend an entire day wandering around looking at the inside and outside.

A few pics from my trip (note the people for scale in the first image):

Look at guy in the bottom right for scale ^