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Basílica de la Sagrada Família

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Carrer de Mallorca 401, Barcelona, Catalunha, Espanha
Barcelona, Spain

41°24′13″N 2°10′28″E

With its 18 spindly towers towering above all other structures in the city's northern region, the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia dominates its surrounds. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this extraordinary structure is one of Europe's most unusual churches.
This Basilica was commissioned in 1883 as a neo-Gothic church by the renowned Catalan architect of modern times, Antoni Gaud. Instead of building according to the blueprints, he produced a notable example of his surrealistic Art Nouveau architecture. He didn't have any set plans in mind; instead, he preferred to change and expand the plans as work went on. Despite Gaud's original prediction that it would take between 10 and 15 years to complete, it was never done while he was alive. Based on Gaud's designs, numerous other architects have continued construction on the Basilica since 1926. Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the Basilica in 2010 when the main nave was finished (although construction is still ongoing and expected to be completed by 2026).
Even though the Basilica is still under construction, visitors are welcome to explore the interior to take in the magnificent artwork and reverent atmosphere. The sanctuary's main nave is a massive area measuring 90 meters long by 60 meters high.  
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