Anybody who has even flicked through a guidebook of Barcelona will be able to tell you just how impressive the Sagrada Familia is; even in its unfinished state Antoni Gaudí’s basilica is mind-blowing in its detail, drawing on Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau styles to create something which is nothing short of miraculous. It has, however, taken a while to progress – building work having commenced in 1882 (a mere 131 years ago) it only crossed the midpoint in 2010, and in spite of its current size and beauty it still stands a long way from Gaudí’s final vision.
New targets have been set though for the construction to end in 2026, coinciding with the centenary of Gaudí’s death, and Catalan administration have just released a film showing a mock up of how the project will reach its aim which is nothing short of wondrous. Just as you think “it must be finished now” another tower creeps rapidly up the side, another spire is added to the roof and it doubles in size. The enormity of this man’s vision is astounding, and now we can rest easily knowing that just in case the basilica isn’t completed in our lifetime after all, we’ve seen a film of how it will look anyway.