Spain's most popular tourist attraction, the basilica of La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, has entered its final phase of construction. Recent reports state that the intricate and spectacular cathedral could be finished during the first quarter of the 21st century.
Chief architect Jordi Fauli has said that the current plan is to have the towers and most of the church's structure completed in 2026 nearly 150 years after work began. It will then be finished in time for the 100th anniversary of architect Antoni Gaudi's death - he was hit by a tram in 1926.
Once complete, the Tower of Jesus Christ, at 172 metres, will make the Sagrada Familia the tallest cathedral in Europe.
The first stone was laid on March 19, 1882 following the Neo-gothic design drawn up by the architect Francisco de Paula del Villar y Lozano, the first architect of the Sagrada Familia.
Visionary architect Antoni Gaudí took over the design of the cathedral in 1883 until his death on June 10, 1926. He once famously joked that his client, God, was in no hurry to see it finished.
Since then 65 per cent of the work has been completed and now, with new masonry techniques speeding up the work the final phase of construction has been entered.
More than 3m people visit the basilica each year.
Barcelona's world famous Sagrada Família will finally be finished by 2026, the architect in charge has vowed... nearly 150 years after work began.
That will make it ready in time for the centenary of the death of architect Antoni Gaudí, who famously joked that his client, God, was in no hurry to see it finished.
Since then 65 per cent of the work has been completed and now, with new masonry techniques speeding up the work, builders say the Almighty will only have to wait another 13 years to see its final spires and main façade.