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Barcelona's Sagrada Família is finally... (almost) done!

The famous unfinished Basílica is one step closer to completion.

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The Sagrada Familia is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Europe, attracting a massive 4.5 million visitors every year. This is a pretty impressive number anyway, but it becomes even more mind-blowing when you realise that the building isn't even finished yet!

It was designed by the famous, late Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí (who is buried in the church's crypt) in the late 1880s. The construction of the church started over 140 years, in 1882, and it remains famously incomplete because of the intricacy of its design.

Last week, the four towers were finally finished, which means that the Sagrada Família is one step closer to completion. Each tower symbolises one of the four evangelists - Mark, Matthew, Luke and John - and are topped with a sculpture that represents each man - a lion, a man, an ox and an eagle respectively.

These towers encircle the tallest tower at the centre of the building that represents Jesus Christ, which is the final piece of the seemingly never-ending construction work. The aim is to finish this tower, and therefore this breathtaking building, on the 100th anniversary of Gaudí's death - in 2026.

This incomplete building is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has been the icon of Barcelona for decades.

To see some examples of Gaudí's completed work, you can check out Casa Milà, Palau Güell, Casa Batlló and Casa Vicens, which are all found around Barcelona.

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