Gaudi became obsessed with the church and concentrated all his energy on it. In 1926, he was hit by a car and died three days later at the age of 74. However, construction continued on the church and it was finally completed in 1987.
Christina must mean “finished” in the sense used by Catalan building contractors just before they take the money and run, leaving flat owners with years of discord and legal bills. And, although she seems to be unaware of the ostensible function of religious architecture, she clearly approves of this type of project management:
Lebanon is one of the few countries in the world where religious buildings like churches and mosques are constructed at a breath-taking pace, for example the new downtown mosque. Why not have the courage to create something spectacular instead of something that is just big, yet very mediocre, and which certainly does not attract international tourists?
For God’s sake let’s knock the thing down before we get more of this kind of rubbish.
- Annals of curious municipal arithmetic, part whatever
Just because you take EU funds to renovate historical monuments doesn’t mean you have to open them to the public thereafter.
- An honest day’s work
A brief discussion of Mozart and Verdi’s Requiems and Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia.
- Why the bloody Christians should keep the Cordoba mosque
With some terms and conditions.
Back in September 2004 the Catalan regional police, keen to capture anti-terrorism responsibilities from their federal colleagues, carried out a spectacular
- Catalonia Today: light, bland, should do fine
No, not Catalonia Today the magazine, nor Catalonia Today the Generalitat PR splurge, but the English-language daily to be launched on