Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família
Nativity Facade, Barcelona, Spain
La Sagrada Familia (Sacred Family) is a Roman Catholic church consecrated in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI. Construction of Sagrada Familia began in 1882 and is ongoing today. Building progress passed the midpoint in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026, the centenary of its architect’s death.
The architect Antoni Gaudi (1852-1926) was the the best known practitioner of Catalan Modernism. This movement in architecture was characterized by curves rather than straight lines, by rich decoration and detail, and by organic motifs and asymmetry. Some say there is no church anything like it in the entire history of art.
Featuring scenes of the life of Jesus, the elaborate Nativity facade faces the rising sun.
The church can accommodate 9,000 people and, when it is complete, it will be the largest church on Earth. It is not yet complete, but it is already a UNESCO World Heritage Site.