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Old May 6th, 2009, 05:08 AM   #1
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Why is LA SAGRADA FAMILIA taking so long to construct ?

While in India a few months ago I had a chance to visit the remarkable Hindu temple, Akshardham. Akshardham is an interesting temple in that it not only boasts some of the most magnificent sculptures and detailing seen anywhere, but it was also built in less than 5 years and constructed using methods that date back thousands of years. In fact, the entire temple is built without the use of steel nor concrete. Akshardham officially opened in 2005.


It was then that I pondered the construction of another temple, La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. This church also lays claim to an outstanding level of detail and yet it has been under constuction since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until 2026.


Though both edifices are host to an impressive level of detail, how is it that Akshardham was completed in a fraction of the time compared with La Sagrada Familia?




To give readers a quick glimpse at the intricacies, here I present a few photos of each monument.



Sagrada Familia



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Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/laurapadgett/3044840024/



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Akshardham Photos Source: http://www.akshardham.com/photogallery/mandir/index.htm

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Old May 14th, 2009, 02:10 AM   #2
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I think that's beacause few engineers and architects can understand Gaudi's plans and some of them got lost.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 03:24 AM   #3
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because la sagrada familia its funded only by donations...
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Old May 14th, 2009, 07:04 PM   #4
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Apart from the reasons above, it has really no space to grow as it is surrounded by buildings, while on Gaudi's plans the Expiatory Temple was supposed to have a broad avenue which would lead to its front facade.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 07:36 PM   #5
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I know that there are always cranes around it, but I never knew why.

Construction started in 1882 and is expected to end in 2026 . But then old parts have to be renovated. So it may never be ready.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 08:15 PM   #6
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I know that there are always cranes around it, but I never knew why.

Construction started in 1882 and is expected to end in 2026 . But then old parts have to be renovated. So it may never be ready.
There are always cranes around it because they are building the temple, logical. The old parts don't have to be renovated! And for example, the ineterior will be finished the next year. The temple will have 18 towers and now the temple have only 8. But will be finished in 2026, no doubt. I live next to the temple and I know it, not like you. "So it may never be ready" Please, if you don't know, you dont have to invent.
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Old May 14th, 2009, 08:39 PM   #7
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It's quite logical that I didn't knew why there where always cranes around it, because they are there for over 100 years
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Old May 15th, 2009, 04:55 AM   #8
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Some reasons are that cranes have no space to work, so their movements have to be really precise and careful.
The temple is open tu public at the same time they are working on it.
It's an expiatory temple, that means it's made only with particular donations.
Gaudi's work has to be interpreted, and it's polemic how to continue the work.
In Gaudi's style is really important the sculpture and handmade arts.
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Old May 15th, 2009, 01:37 PM   #9
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European cathedrals generally always took centuries to build. That what makes them so interesting. The clash of styles through the time. In some ways the same happens here where the original plans were lost in the Spanish civil war.

Even with new techniques it will take ages. I can't think of the moment it's finished and neither can tourists.

I don't think money is an issue considering the huge amounts of visitors.
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Old May 16th, 2009, 08:44 PM   #10
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Whats the problem with that? Notre Damn took 250 years to build, many other cathedrals took centuries. Its not like the technology hasn't evolved or anything, on the contrary. Quoting Gaudi himself, "My client is not in a hurry."
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@Ribarca - I thought the original plans where lost in a big fire in Barcelona?
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Old May 17th, 2009, 12:43 PM   #13
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Whats the problem with that? Notre Damn took 250 years to build, many other cathedrals took centuries. Its not like the technology hasn't evolved or anything, on the contrary. Quoting Gaudi himself, "My client is not in a hurry."
There is more at hand, and things are more complicated. The Propylae of Athens –the entrance to the Akropolis were build in three years, Erechtyon took I believe four years and it took the city almost ten years (!) to build the Parthenon. The modern Greek government is restoring these three buildings since WWII and this restoration with international Unesco funding will probabely last as long as Greece will exist. Some architecture is well beyond our comprehension so get used to it that it will stay in subsidized ruins...
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Almost evry cladding stone is different, and since they use CNC stone cutting tools, they progress faster then Gaudi planned.
I see no reason, why it cant be finished in 2026. There is no connection between restoration of 2500 year old building and finishing one started "only" 120 years ago. And as one said, it is really interesting to see how are they trying to continue with Gaudi's legacy and still put some new ideas into building. In old times masons adapt original planes as they build and gothic cathedrals are my favorite.
To see Sagrada Famillia finished is my first reason i ll visit Barcelona again for sure.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 02:12 AM   #15
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There is more at hand, and things are more complicated. The Propylae of Athens –the entrance to the Akropolis were build in three years, Erechtyon took I believe four years and it took the city almost ten years (!) to build the Parthenon. The modern Greek government is restoring these three buildings since WWII and this restoration with international Unesco funding will probabely last as long as Greece will exist. Some architecture is well beyond our comprehension so get used to it that it will stay in subsidized ruins...
First of all your answer is irrelevant and so random it caught me out of guard.
Second, Acropolis restoration is funded from the Greek Ministry of Culture and not from Unesco. Although the largest part will be finished by 2020-2025, its still a roughly 2.430 years old monument and not a cathedral U/C and therefore it will continue to be restored and preserved constantly, hopefully for another 2,5 millennia.
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Whats the problem with that? Notre Damn took 250 years to build, many other cathedrals took centuries. Its not like the technology hasn't evolved or anything, on the contrary. Quoting Gaudi himself, "My client is not in a hurry."
I like that quote very much!
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Old May 19th, 2009, 05:25 PM   #17
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i think, LA SAGRADA FAMILIA, is not a building or a cathedral, thats secondary, LA SAGRADA FAMILIA is a big sculture, a big art work, and not a simple building that would get old fashioned soon, like the modern architecture.
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Maybe I'm not glad enough of living next to this wonderful temple. It's amazing how you love it. I was baptized in the Sagrada Familia.
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i think, LA SAGRADA FAMILIA, is not a building or a cathedral, thats secondary, LA SAGRADA FAMILIA is a big sculture, a big art work, and not a simple building that would get old fashioned soon, like the modern architecture.
exactly! it is an art more than anything else.
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