Spain: Unfinished Gaudí church gets permit after 137 years

The builders said that is enough time to finish raising the landmark Roman Catholic church’s central towers.

8 June 2019 | 18:25

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 8 June 2019 | 18:25

n this Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017 file photo, dignitaries leave after a Mass at Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Basilica for the victims of the terror attacks, in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo)

BARCELONA, Spain: An official building permit has been issued for the unfinished Barcelona church designed by architect Antoni Gaudí 137 years after construction started on La Sagrada Familia Basilica.

Barcelona City Hall said it granted the current builders a work permit that is valid through 2026. The builders said that it's enough time to finish raising the landmark Roman Catholic church’s central towers.

Barcelona officials said the city will be paid 4.6 million euros ($5.2 million) in fees under an agreement negotiated with a foundation devoted to completing and preserving La Sagrada Familia.

The basilica’s first stone was laid in 1882, but Barcelona officials say there was no record showing a construction license ever was granted although one was requested in 1885.

However, work on the popular tourist destination never stopped.

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