Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia to mark a milestone in its construction, even as Covid-19 shutdown threatens to put 2026 target for declaring basilica’s structure complete out of reach



In 1882, the bishop of Barcelona laid the cornerstone of what would become the city’s top tourist attraction – a soaring church in the flamboyant Catalan modernisme style, a local version of nature-driven art nouveau. Its 18 slender towers soar above the Spanish city’s skyline, beaten in height only by Montjuïc, the hill that supplied much of their stone.But 140 years later, they remain incomplete, the construction of the Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family, or Sagrada Família, persistently…


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