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Status of the construccion, June 2005

Sagrada Familia
Status of the Construction: June 2005

Main characters of the Sagrada Familia

The Triumvirate of the Sagrada Familia: Jordi Bonet, Lluís Martínez Sistach and Joan Rigol.

Jordi Bonet declares that the Temple will be covered in 2008. From that moment the liturgical celebrations can go on normally.

Architect Jordi Bonet in his studio. On the table, some plans and scale model of one of the elements of the colonnade of the Passion Façade.

Passion Façade

Figure of the Ascension of Jesus, work of sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs.


There have been covered 3 apse chapels already. At the moment the works are going on at a height of 30 m. They must reach the height of 75 m.

Stairways and elevator opening situated in the apse. Gaudí projected 9 elevators for the entire Temple.

Columns dedicated to Saint Peter, located on one site of the presbytery. On the other site the one dedicated to Saint Paul will be built. The presbytery will have a capacity of 360 people and there will be 100 m2 of free room.
Apse columns with ramifications. The Neogothic part of the Temple, built by Villar more than a century ago, presents some cracks that must be repaired.
It is difficult to assemble the new part with the Neogothic construction of Villar. Today we can still see the difference in tones of the stones in the vaults of an apse chapel. The parts which the columns are composed of are cut with a diamante saw controlled by a complicated computer programme. Thanks to the precise inclination we always obtain the effect Gaudí wanted. From a technological point of view the Sagrada Familia represents the top of architecture in the world.
Stained windows dedicated to the saints of the Sanctuaries of Vic and Gerona. It is possible to read some of the names in the details

Transept and crossbeam

In the crossbeam the crane is getting prepared to lift this 3 ton pinnacle which must be placed at a height of 55 m. On top of the pinnacle there will be a pin sculpture realized by Etsuro Sotoo.

Now we only see the framework, which has been set up downstairs near the street. The concrete will be filled up when it’s definitively placed.

En primer término, pináculo ya finalizado, con escultura de uvas blancas, obra de Etsuro Sotoo. Al fondo, entre las torres de la fachada de la Pasión, otro pináculo coronado con las espigas, símbolos eucarísticos.
Placement of the pinnacle at a height of 55 m. First pinnacle already finished, with sculpture of white grapes made by Etsuro Sotoo. At the back between the towers of the Passion Façade, another pinnacle crowned with pines, Eucharistic symbols.

Elements waiting to be placed. The trencadís decorative elements are made with Murano glass, the same one Gaudí used to decorate the towers of the Birth Façade.

The frame of the trusses of the Saint Matheus bell towers is lift up in the crossbeam at a height of 60 m. There are also the frames of the columns which will support the vaults of the crossbeam.

Architect Jordi Bonet explains the works that are being carried out.
In the crossbeam, and with a basis at a height of 55 m, one of the six Sagrada Familia cranes, installed at its current location in 2004. Its arm reaches the height of 140 m exceeding the towers: it is the highest crane of Barcelona and can lift up to 12 ton weight. The power of the cranes determines in great measure the construction rhythm of the temple. Structure of the towers. Some towers support the others, just as the “castellers”..
Frame of the first tower of the 4 evangelist towers, dedicated to Saint Matthew. When it’s finished it will reach a height of 140 m. Each tower has an inscription. Here one can read “Sanctus, Sanctus".
The frames are meant to distribute the load. The Sagrada Familia will be the heaviest building of Barcelona. By next Christmas 2005 one expects the placement of the lamps which Gaudí designed to enlighten the Temple. There will be about 400 lamps, situated at a height of 45 m. The hyperboloids make the expansion of the light more easy and will contribute to the sensation of being in a wood. The green and gold “trencadís” symbolize the palm leafs. The little holes -paraboloids- will contain small spotlights which will evoke the light of the stars.
Skeleton of a column which bifurcates like the branches of a tree. 4 columns will support the weight of each of the 4 towers which will hold the tower of the central vault.

Glory Façade

One of the two spiral staircases situated on the Glory Façade, together with the 7 portals. Nearby there will be an elevator.

The Glory Façade, with its 7 portals separated by columns, will be 5 m over calle Mallorca. It was Gaudí’s idea to create a bridge with a staircase and a big square from which one could see the whole of the Sagrada Familia. The Temple is as wide as the Gran Via of Barcelona and is 90 m long. It will have 5.000 m2 and a capacity of 10.000 people. Gaudí wanted to maintain these proportions in order to guarantee that the entire dome could be seen from the main entrance of the Glory Façade.

June 2005

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