Sagrada Familia: The Unfulfilled Vision of a Unique Architect

Today the architectural world remains divided. Should the cathedral be completed in a less ambitious contemporary style? Or should it be left, unfinished, as an original creation?
One exhibit in the Paris Exhibition of 1910 stole the show. It was a plaster model of a church designed by the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi – a design so daring and outrageous that it was difficult to believe anyone seriously consider building it.

An extraordinary fusion of Gothic and Art Nouveau in style, the model was painted in vibrant colors that further enhanced the exuberant design. The plans called for spotlights to direct shafts of light into parts of the interior. Three sets of bell towers, housing both manually operated and electronically controlled tubular bells, were to be topped by stone statues of cherubim with wings that would move in the wind.

One hundred years later, the project is still unfinished. Link

(Image credit: Flickr user Wolfgang Staudt)

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Not to be a stickler, but it is the man's name and it should be properly stated. The architect's name is Antoni Gaudí and he is Catalan. Antonio is the Castilianization of his name. It'd be like if we called the actor Anthony Banderas by anglicizing it. My husband is Catalan from Barcelona so I do try to help people realize this. Besides, regardless, we should refer to people by their names correctly.
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I was just in Barcelona literally last week and I saw the cathedral, they've already started construction on the new part and you can see a good bit of it. It didn't look like it was as elaborate as described above, though, from what I could see it was in the same style as the original building except with newer stone.
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It would be quite useful and very polite, if you had told that La Sagrada Familia is in Barcelona; maybe some people don't know it. Great post, anyway.
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