The Unfinished Church of the Sacred Family
by Yitzhak Avigur
The monumental church Sagrada Familia is Gaudi's most famous work, the finest example of his visionary genius, and a worldwide symbol of Barcelona. The architect undertook the task in 1883 on the site of a previous neo-Gothic project begun in 1882 by F. del Villar. Gaudi dedicated his life, in his later years to the exclusion of all else, to carrying out this ambitious undertaking, which due to his sudden death was left unfinished.