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The article misses an important bit of info: when the construction started, the Sagrada Familia was not in Barcelona, but in an independent municipality, Sant Martí de Provençals. It was to this municipality that the building permit was requested, not to Barcelona, which would annex the municipality and with it, the Sagrada Familia, 15 years later. Plus, most of the documentation regarding the building, including plans, scale models etc. were destroyed in a fire caused by anarchists when the Civil War started. The story is more complex than just incompetent bureaucracy.

I was very impressed when I visited the museum under the Sagrada Familia and saw photos of the beginning of construction, when the church was in the middle of large hay fields with no buildings around. Now it's nearly in the middle of the city!

We should remember that this was more than 100 years ago. 100 years is a long time. A lot of our collective subconscious is still acting like we’re stuck in 1982, but the XX century is long over.

Not sure exactly what point you are trying to make.

That it’s not that impressive that a city will grow significantly in 100 years.

Ahem! Born in 2001.

I would listen to a podcast episode or read a book about this. It sounds like an interesting story!

99% Invisible recently did an episode about its history: https://99percentinvisible.org/episode/la-sagrada-familia-2/

Can you elaborate more on this "fire caused by anarchists", please?

Thanks, I'll look into it.

(From the downvote, someone apparently didn't appreciate my asking).

Sagrada Familia looks like an amalgamation of Spanish culture, its incomplete nature acts like an amalgamation of Spanish culture, and your story only reinforces that

It doesn't matter how it got there, that history IS Spanish culture and it doesn't make anyone sympathetic to the outcome.

Its just "yep."

OP was simply adding details of the history - not sure why you are taking a defensive tone

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