Two more towers have been completed on Gaudí’s Barcelona-based masterpiece, under construction for 140 years.
The construction of the legendary Spanish church seems like a never-ending project: it began in 1882 and is scheduled to be completed by the centenary of Gaudí’s death in 2026. They plan to keep to the schedule, despite the significant slowdown caused by the pandemic. One motivating factor is that Barcelona will be the UNESCO World Capital of Architecture in three years’ time.
Work continues at full speed, with the recent inauguration of two new towers, 135 meters high, symbolizing two Evangelists, Luke with a bull and Mark with a lion. The statues are made of Thassos marble and were carved by sculptor Xavier Medina Campeny. The most recent tower of the Virgin Mary was completed in December 2021, so three of the six main towers are now in their final form. The towers of Matthew and John are also scheduled to be completed this year, so that all the Four Evangelists’ icons will be finished by the end of the year.
Watch the video showing the lighting of the new towers: