Despite the fact that it is still under construction, La Sagrada Famlia Basilica is the most visited tourist attraction in Spain and the globe.
The structure, also known as the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Famlia, is a church located in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia (Catalunya), in northeastern Spain.
The original design for La Sagrada Famlia Basilica was designed by architect Antoni Gaud, who worked on it for almost 40 years, dedicating the final 15 years of his life to it, estimating that the entire plan will take hundreds of years to finish.
The Basilica of La Sagrada Famlia is just one of several structures designed by Antoni Gaud, who added a personal touch to each masterpiece by creating distinct gothic models full of originality and fantasy. The basilica is Gaud’s most well-known and frequented work.
Unfortunately, Antoni Gaud, also known as God’s architect, died in 1926 after being hit by a tram. People mistook him for a beggar because he was dressed modestly, and it was only after he had spent many minutes on the street because no one wanted to aid a poor guy that he was taken to a poor people’s hospital by a police officer.
The anguish didn’t stop there because no one wanted to aid a poor man, so the medics ignored him, and he died after two days of excruciating pain.
His boyhood was no less traumatic, since he had suffered from rheumatism since he was a toddler, which caused him to be shunned by the other children. That’s how the hours spent playing were replaced in an instant by hours spent fighting his condition.