Every year, around 20 million people visit Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. The cathedral is probably the world’s most famous unfinished building. But it has never had a building permit — until now.
An agreement reached on Oct. 18 will finally give a license to build the towering cathedral, more than 130 years after construction started. The agreement says that the cathedral will pay the city €36 million (¥4.65 billion) to help fund Barcelona’s public transport system and to revamp nearby streets.
Some of the money will also improve access to the monument and expand its current entrances, the council said in a statement.
Sagrada Familia means “holy family” in Spanish. The cathedral will be completed in 2026 — 100 years after the death of its architect, Antoni Gaudi. He was hit by a tram and died in 1926 when about a quarter of his building was completed. The cathedral will have 18 towers when finished. (Reuters)