Did you know that we’ve been building the Sagrada Familia for almost 140 years already? As you know, at Hostemplo, we are big fans of Sagrada Familia and that is because… from our rooms we see it every day and let ourselves be pervaded by its magnitude and beauty! Did you know that the expected completion date is 2026? In 2026 it will be the 100th anniversay of Gaudí’s death and for this reason, we want to celebrate it finishing the Sagrada Familia. Today we take the opportunity to explain the latest developments in the expiatory temple. Let’s go!
Historical image about Sagrada Familia construction.
Will the Sagrada Familia really be finished by 2026? It would be amazing, would’t it? However, there are still quite a few things to be done; and although the works progress at a good pace, the experts say that it is not certain that it may be finished by 2026, as there will be important projects still to be done, such as the artistic part and the surroundings of the basilica.
The works are progressing quickly and with a very good pace, to the extent that in 2018 the works of the facade of the Passion were completed and the construction of the tower of Jesus Christ began. During 2019 the great team of the Sagrada Familia continues to work hard and this is all that will be finished by the end of the year:
1 THE TEMPLE WILL SHOW OFF A NEW PROFILE, CHANGING BARCELONA’S ICONIC SKYLINE
If there is an iconic image of the temple, it is that of the sideways of the four bell towers of the facades trimmed in the sky. But during this 2019 the skyline will change as the central towers will continue to grow. By the end of the year, 604 of the 768 tensioned- stone panels that the towers will have, will be put in place, i.e. 79% of the total panels planned for their construction. By the end of the year, the central towers will have surpassed the bell towers at the ends of the Nativity and Passion facades, which will reach 98.5 and 102 meters, respectively.
2 THE FINAL PART OF THE EVANGELISTS’ TOWERS WILL BE DEFINED
The towers of the Evangelists will be culminates by the four figures with which Christian iconography has traditionally represented them: an angel representing Matthew, a lion for Mark, a bull for Luke, and an eagle for John. However, we will have to wait until 2022
to see them at the temple.
3 THE SYMBOLOGY OF THE INSIDE OF THE TOWER OF JESUS CHRIST
In the meantime, from the street you will be able to clearly see the growth of the central tower, which, with its 172.5 meters high, will be the highest of the temple. During 2019, the tower of Jesus Christ is being built on the inside. In fact, there will be a stone core that will contain a glass elevator which will allow to ascend up to 143.5 meters in height. The symbolism of the interior walls of the tower will be based on a phrase from Jesus collected in the Gospels: “I am the way, the truth and the life”.
4 FACADE OF THE GLORY: THE BASIC PROJECT WILL BE FINISHED
To see the first interventions on the facade of the Glory, which will be the main access to the temple once finished, we will have to wait for the work in the central towers to be finished, by 2022,. However, previous works are already underway to make this happen. During this year the basic project of the facade of the Glory will be completed, which will define the basic shapes of the columns, the narthex, the chapels and the symbology of this facade.
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Did you find it interesting? Want to know more? As soon as we know the forecasts for 2020 we will let you know in our blog. In the meantime, you can come and stay in our apartments, rooms and suites and see the Sagrada Familia every day. What do you think? Remember that if you book through our website you will have a free breakfast during all days of your stay. Sounds good, doesn’t it? We’re waiting for you!