Watch Antoni Gaudí’s Unfinished Masterpiece, the Sagrada Família, Get Finally Completed in 60 Seconds

In 1883, Antoni Gaudí, the great Catalan architect, began working on his magnum opus, the Sagrada Família, the church that has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Barcelona. Before his death in 1925, Gaudí managed to complete the crypt, apse and part of the Nativity facade. Work on the basilica slowed during the 1930s and 40s, especially during the Spanish Civil War, but picked up again in the 1950s. A series of architects carried on Gaudí’s work, completing new towers and facades. In 2000, the central nave vaulting was completed, and, since then, modern technology has put architects on track to complete the church decades ahead of schedule. The new target date is 2026 – the centenary of Gaudí’s death. Thanks to a computer-generated video released by the Sagrada Familia Foundation, you can see what the basilica, almost 150 years in the making, will look like when it’s all done. You can also take a virtual tour of the interior of the UNESCO landmark here.

via Slate

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  1. billy shears says . . . | October 11, 2013 / 11:26 am

    “If Stalin only knew”, this would not be happening to me.nThe captured media will be contemplating the same with Obama a few short years from now.

  2. Alexov54 says . . . | October 11, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    Dan, seems to me that since Stalin has nothing to do with this church and Obama also has nothing to do with it, the first comment (and then my own) can be deleted.

  3. Alexov54 says . . . | October 11, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    Dan, seems to me that since Stalin has nothing to do with this church and Obama also has nothing to do with it, the first comment (and then my own) can be deleted.

  4. Aphugel says . . . | October 11, 2013 / 1:59 pm

    Congratulations. You have won the price for the most stupid comment on any article I’ve seen all year.nThe first prize is being called a dumb American.nThere, delivered and collected.

  5. Margaret Rose STRINGER says . . . | October 12, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    Crikey, there’s a lot left to do … We were there, my husband and I, back in December ’89; and we wandered about it with our mouths open u2013 as everyone should! :-) It’s a modern reminder of the business of cathedral building in the middle ages, eh? u2013 a lifetime’s work and then some.nAstoundingly beautiful: astonishingly original.

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