La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
College of Engineering
Department of Construction Management
Dr. Kirsten Davis
Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, more commonly known as the ‘Sagrada Familia,’ stands as a landmark in Barcelona, Spain. This Roman Catholic Church has the mark of famous architect, Antoni Gaudí. The first cornerstone was laid March 19, 1882, but the church is still under construction 137 years later with a projected completion date in 2026. The original architect, Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, wanted a neo-Gothic design; however, his command was short lived and Gaudí quickly took over, bringing with him a grander design. Gaudí wanted a botanical design where his complex fantasies could come to life throughout the church, focusing mainly on natural and organic forms for the support structures. Although Gaudí tragically passed away in 1926 and the original plans burned in a fire set by Catalan separatists, construction slowly continues. When the church is completed it will feature three facades, each with their own theme: the Nativity Facade, the Passion Facade, and the Glory Facade. The original design features 18 spires; 12 representing the Apostles, 4 representing the Evangelists, and one each for Jesus and Mary. Despite setbacks, the Sagrada Familia is one of the most iconic churches to be built, and when completed it will be the tallest church in the world.
Owsley, Mariah; McAtee, Jenn; Goodale, Christopher; and Bronken, Jack, "La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain" (2019). 2019 Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Conference. 125.