If only the title of this post were entirely true. The Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona is known for a couple things: the first is that it is the most grandiose project ever attempted by master architect Antoni Gaudí, the second is that after nearly 130-years it’s still not finished. Generations have lived and died since the start of this project. For comparison, the ancient Egyptians could have built nearly seven pyramids in the time it’s taken us to build this one half-finished church. If we’re lucky, we’ll see the place completed around 2025.
But we can pretend, can’t we? Thank heaven for computer animation. The church’s official YouTube account posted a video a few years ago that shows the church being rendered in a little more than 90 seconds. Excuse our bad joke, but the speed at which this building takes shape is almost blasphemous, given its history.
The audacity of that animation needs a little context to be appreciated. We found a clip from 60 Minutes that goes deeper into the building. The report delves into Gaudí’s genius, vision, (madness? possibly) and piety with relation to the Sagrada Familia.
If the church was to be penance for humanity’s sins, then maybe Gaudí was paying God back with interest. In any case, it’ll go down as one of the most extravagant examples of faith in human history. We hope we’ll still be alive for the ribbon cutting.
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