- The Sagrada Familia has been under construction since 1882, and its construction was to be finally completed in 2026. However, the date was postponed due to the pandemic
- Local residents not only criticize the new element – the big star – but also protest against further expansion plans. These assume, among others demolition of apartment blocks
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Installed in Barcelona on Monday, the star is 7.5 meters in diameter and weighs 5.5 tons. It was made of steel and textured glass. Together with the 800 windows of the tower, the Sagrada Familia is set to shine brightly on December 8 – the day Spain celebrates its immaculate conception.
“Terrible” – describes the star by a representative of one of the groups of residents who are not afraid of the decisions made by the foundation that guards the expansion of the Sagrada Familia. Residents are afraid of further plans, incl. the construction of huge steps leading to the as yet unfinished main entrance to the basilica. If the plans are implemented, it will in practice mean the demolition of three blocks of flats, as well as the removal of a thousand families and enterprises.
People argue that the stairs were not in Gaudi’s plans and were only added by his students. In early December, Barcelona’s association of Itxaso called for the suspension of all work in the area until an agreement was reached during a tripartite meeting of residents, foundations and city council.
Xavier Martínez, CEO of the foundation that oversees the expansion of the Sagrada Familia, told The Guardian that they were open to suggestions about the stairs, but added that it was up to the city council to decide whether or not to include them in its new plan. The council has so far avoided making decisions, and before the elections (these are planned for just over a year) it may be reluctant to agree to a plan that involves the demolition of dozens of apartments.
Sagrada Familia – construction has been going on for 139 years
The Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona was designed by Antoni Gaudi. Construction began during the designer’s lifetime – in 1882. The project involves the construction of 18 towers and three stylistically different facades – Nativity, Passion and Glory. The investment is financed with admission tickets and donations. The building was to be ready in 2026 – the centenary of Gaudi’s death. However, it is already known that due to the pandemic, this deadline will not be met.
Source: “The Guardian”