Pope to consecrate Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona

Pope to consecrate Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona

Pope Benedict XVI is expected to consecrate the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona this November, Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, archbishop of Barcelona announced yesterday. The Holy Father will also visit the shrine of Santiago de Compostela on his trip.

The Holy Father will travel to Santiago de Compostela on 6 November, for the occasion of the Compostela Holy Year, then move on to Barcelona on 7 November. This will be Benedict XVI’s second visit to Spain. His first visit was in July 2006 for the Fifth World Meeting of Families in Valencia. He is expected to return to the country in August 2011 for the celebration of World Youth Day.

The Sagrada Familia, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished masterpiece, is one of Barcelona’s most popular tourist attractions. Construction on began in 1886 and is expected to continue at least until 2041, but it has already become Barcelona’s most important landmark.

For more information see: www.sagradafamilia.cat/

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Here is a link to the article (although there isn’t any additional information.)

Here is a photo of the church:

And here is the English language website for the church.
sagradafamilia.cat/sf-eng/index.php

Amazing work, and in the old tradition of taking a very long time to build.

oops…

I said I would supply the link to the original ariticle, but I forgot to paste it in. :blush:

Yes, Monte, this church is Gaudi’s masterwork. I’ve been puzzled and disappointed that it has taken so long to complete. But it truly is an amazing place.

Actually, I believe that that is a rendering of how the church will look when complete. Here’s a picture of the church currently. Notice that many of the spires haven’t even been started yet:

http://blog.hotelclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/sagrada-familia1.jpg

There is a subway stop right at Sagrada and I couldn’t believe the sight as I came up from underground.

Santiago is a beautiful church in a charming town.

Does B16 need someone to carry his bags?

oops… thanks for the correction. And the beautiful photo! :thumbsup:

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