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After 137 years of illegal work, La Sagrada Familia just got a building permit

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11.06.2019

Along with Saint Peter’s and Notre-Dame, Antoni Gaudí’s unfinished Sagrada Familia, in Barcelona, might be the world’s most recognizable church. But ever since workers set its first stone in 1882, the construction has technically been illegal.

Why? Well, the young architect Antoni Gaudí took over the project after the original architect, Francisco de Paula del Villar, resigned in 1883. Back then, the cathedral’s location was actually in the little town of Sant Martí Provençals. Gaudí asked for a construction permit in 1885, but it never arrived; the town was annexed by Barcelona in 1897 and the permitting........

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