World’s tallest church nears completion

Published 31 March 2024
- By Editorial Staff
The building has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1984.

The famous Spanish church La Sagrada Familia will be completed in 2026. Construction of the church began more than 140 years ago.

Construction of the Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia, or Temple of Penance of the Holy Family, began in 1882 on the outskirts of Barcelona in Catalonia. The original creator was Antoni Gaudi, who died in 1926. At the time of his death, only about ten to fifteen percent of the church had been built. Then came the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s, which not only destroyed part of the building, but also halted construction for some time.

In 1984, the building was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List and has become a major tourist destination in the country.

It was long unclear when the building would be completed, but in 2010 the church was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI.

World’s tallest church

The church will have 18 spiral towers, each symbolizing a biblical figure – the 12 apostles, the four evangelists, the Virgin Mary and Jesus.

Now the owners have announced that La Sagrada Familia will be completed in 2026, one hundred years after the death of the original architect.

“So, the beginning of the final stage of construction kicked off with the completion of the towers of the Evangelists (November 2023) and work is currently under way on the Chapel of the Assumption and the tower of Jesus Christ.  The Chapel of the Assumption is expected to be finished in 2025 and the tower of Jesus Christ, in 2026”, according to a press release.

The church will be 172.5 meters high and have a 17-meter high cross. This means it will be the tallest church in the world, a record currently held by Ulm Minster in Germany with its 161.53-meter tower.

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