The ornate Sagrada Familia, which was designed by modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction began 140 years ago and was due for completion in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Picture: AFPThe ornate Sagrada Familia, which was designed by modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction began 140 years ago and was due for completion in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Picture: AFP
The ornate Sagrada Familia, which was designed by modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction began 140 years ago and was due for completion in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Picture: AFP

Coronavirus delays planned 2026 completion of Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral

  • One of Spain’s top tourist attractions, the towering architectural masterpiece has been under construction for nearly 140 years.
  • The ornate cathedral, designed by Antoni Gaudi, was due to be finished in 2026, to mark the 100th anniversary of the Catalan architect’s death.

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
The ornate Sagrada Familia, which was designed by modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction began 140 years ago and was due for completion in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Picture: AFPThe ornate Sagrada Familia, which was designed by modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction began 140 years ago and was due for completion in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Picture: AFP
The ornate Sagrada Familia, which was designed by modernist Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. Construction began 140 years ago and was due for completion in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death. Picture: AFP
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