How Long Would You Wait?

July 20, 2019

Patience—some people have it more than others, but we think the builders of La Sagrada Familia, an unfinished church located in Barcelona, Spain, have to take the cake for their impressive patience. If you’re unfamiliar with this magnificent piece of architecture, here’s a quick historical rundown.

La Sagrada Familia 1905
By Baldomer Gili i Roig – Museu d’Art Jaume Morera, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25162355
By C messier – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=62257455

La Sagrada Familia was the mastermind of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi. He began the project in 1882 when the first stone was laid down. Unfortunately, he never had the chance to finish what some call his greatest masterpiece ever conceived: he died tragically from a trolley accident in 1926. It’s been 137 years since the construction of the church began, but it’s still only seventy percent complete. Why has it taken so long? Many, many setbacks including those from the government to even one from Gaudi himself when he decided that he wanted to redesign the structure in the early years of construction. It turns out that when Antoni Gaudi requested a building permit from the city of Barcelona in 1882, it was neither approved or rejected—in fact, it was never located. The lack of a permit to build this massive basilica has caused many delays, and is one of the reasons why it has taken so long to complete the building. But builders rejoiced earlier last month when the city of Barcelona finally approved a building permit to complete La Sagrada Familia by 2026. Yes, it only took 137 years to get that permit—talk about patience, right? Despite this big setback, it looks like Antoni Gaudi will finally get his masterpiece constructed. Once finished, the basilica will be the tallest church in all of Europe.

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