La Sagrada Familia

  • Begining

    On 19 March 1882, construction of the Sagrada Família began under architect Francisco de Paula del Villar.
  • Antonio Gaudí

    Antonio Gaudí
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    Antonio Gaudí

    In 1883, when Villar resigned,Gaudí took over as chief architect, transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted the remainder of his life to the project, and he is buried in the crypt. At the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.
  • Sapnish Civil War

    Sapnish Civil War
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    Spanish Civil War

    Relying solely on private donations, the Sagrada Família's construction progressed slowly and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. In July 1936, revolutionaries set fire to the crypt and broke their way into the workshop, partially destroying Gaudí's original plans, drawings and plaster models, which led to 16 years of work to piece together the fragments of the master model.
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    Construction resumed to intermittent progress in the 1950s. Advancements in technologies such as computer aided design and computerised numerical control (CNC) have since enabled faster progress
  • Beginning of computer use in design

    Beginning of computer use in design
    The current director and son of Lluís Bonet, Jordi Bonet i Armengol, has been introducing computers into the design and construction process since the 1980s
  • Covid-19

    On 11 March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain, construction was stopped and the basilica was closed. This is the first time the construction has been halted since the Spanish Civil War.
  • End of the construction

    End of the construction
    It is anticipated that the building can be completed by 2026, the centenary of Gaudí's death.