Sagrada Familia gets building permission after 137 years

Barcelona’s Gaudí-designed church is finally granted a licence amid current works at the site

 General view of the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

General view of the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona. Photograph: Quique Garcia/EPA

 

An official building permit has been issued for the unfinished Barcelona church designed by architect Antoni Gaudí – 137 years after construction started.

Barcelona City Hall said it has granted the current builders at La Sagrada Familia basilica a work permit which is valid until 2026.

The builders said that is enough time to finish raising the landmark Roman Catholic Church’s central towers.

Barcelona officials said the city will be paid €4.6 million in fees for the licence under an agreement negotiated with a foundation devoted to completing and preserving La Sagrada Familia.

The basilica’s first stone was laid in 1882, but Barcelona officials say there is no record showing a construction licence was ever granted – although one was requested in 1885.

However, work on the popular tourist destination has never stopped. – AP