Sagrada Familia gets licence 137 years after building started
More than 130 years after it was begun, Barcelonas iconic Sagrada Familia has finally obtained permission from the city to legally continue construction in a bizarre example of bureaucratic purgatory.
After three years of negotiations, the mayor's office finally recognised the works, which began in 1885, as legitimate. But it will cost a hefty sum.
The Construction Board of La Sagrada Família Foundation, which is responsible for overseeing the work, will now have to pay €4.6 million ($5.2mn) to officially obtain the necessary permission and an additional €36 million ($40mn) which will cover the cost of infrastructure works both past and future to accommodate the architectural behemoth.
Designed by architect Antoni Gaudí the church, which is funded entirely through donations, has become one of the city's main attractions since construction started all those years ago.
The current total estimated cost of construction is €374 million ($416mn) and it is due to be completed some time in 2026.
Signada LA llicència dobres del temple de la Sagrada Família després de 130 dobres irregulars.
Un ingrés de 4.6M€ per Barcelona, que es sumen als 36M€ acordats per compensar limpacte que provoca en el seu entorn.
Som un govern valent que no permet privilegis. pic.twitter.com/CsPx7PRm1h
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