Completion of the large Roman Catholic church Sagrada Família in Barcelona is expected in 2026, said Jordi Faulí, the architect in charge of concluding the seemingly never-ending project started by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí in 1882.
Faulí, who has been working on the project for 26 years, feels confident his team will be able to stick to the completion deadline, which is 2026.
Two-thirds of the church, which boasts five towers, has already been constructed and the architect says the project is moving along at a good pace and if this continues, he has no doubt the deadline will be met. “I never thought we would be able to be at the stage we are now in such little time,” Jordi Faulí told Spanish press.
Despite being incomplete, the Sagrada Familia is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Spain. Entry fees help raise funds to continue the works, with tourists estimated to contribute up to €20 million a year.