La Sagrada Familia (Church of the Holy Family) in Barcelona
has been under construction since 1882 and is the symbolic landmark of the city. Barcelona architect Antoni Gaudi dedicated over 43 years of his life to the project, and the basic Modernista design is his creation. Today over 300 workers continue Gaudi's dream, with construction dependent entirely on donations. Although Gaudi's original plans have been scaled back, the interior of La Sagrada Familia may be significantly finished by 2010, but the exterior is not scheduled for completion until 2030.
The exterior of La Sagrada Familia has two facades, one dedicated to the Nativity and the second to the Passion of Christ. A third facade referring to the Glory of Jesus resurrected is not yet complete. The cathedral will eventually have 18 towers--12 dedicated to the apostles, 4 to the evangelists, one to the Virgin Mary, and the highest (over 550 feet) to Jesus.
These photos demonstrate the unusual design of this icon of Barcelona.