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Watch Barcelona's La Sagrada Família being finished before your eyes in new 3D video

A new video has been released that features a stunning realistic 3D rendering of the world famous La Sagrada Família finally being completed after more than 100 years.

The world famous cathedral is one of the most popular tourist sites in Barcelona, despite being unfinished.
The world famous cathedral is one of the most popular tourist sites in Barcelona, despite being unfinished. Image by Basílica de la Sagrada Família

Designed by Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and started in 1882, the world famous landmark attracts nearly 3 million visitors a year, despite being incomplete. The video shows a series of ornate and intricate towers being added to the site, which is expected to be completed in 2026. At 172.5 metres tall, the cathedral is one of the tallest religious buildings in the world. The design will be completed with four domed structures some 40 metres high sited at each corner, linked by a wide covered corridor with a double wall. A gigantic central tower 172.5 metres tall representing Jesus Christ will stand above the central crossing, surrounded by four slimmer towers.

 

The completion of the medieval cathedral was an obsession of Gaudí’s, who was given the commission by the Spiritual Association of Devotees of Saint Joseph after the first architect linked to the build left the project. Gaudí saw the build as his personal holy mission, and even contributed his own money towards it after funds dried up and he spent the last years of his life seeking donations.

The epic build is expected to be completed in 2026 after nearly 150 years.
The epic build is expected to be completed in 2026 after nearly 150 years. Image by amelia soo
An interior view shows the beauty and ornate decoration of the build.
An interior view shows the beauty and ornate decoration of the build. Image by michimaya

At the time of Gaudí’s death, only the crypt, the apse walls, one portal and one tower had been completed, with three more towers being added in 1930. Restoration on older parts of the cathedral will be carried out as well as the ongoing new build. The impressive 3D rendering has offered a glimpse at what the impressive structure will look like when it is finally complete. Visitors can gain access to areas of the cathedral throughout the building process, with more information available on La Sagrada Família website.