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The Sagrada Familia will culminate its highest point, the Tower of Jesus Christ, in 2026

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The Tower of Jesus Christ of the architectural complex of The Sacred Family of Barcelonawhich at 172.50 meters will be the highest point of the temple, will be finished in 2026 coinciding with the centenary of the death of the architect Antoni Gaudí. This was stated by the architect director of the temple, Jordi Faulí, in the act of presentation of the state of the works of the Barcelona basilica.

At the event, the figures of a winged lion and bull which will respectively crown the towers of the Evangelists Marcos and Lucas -two of the four towers that will embrace the Tower of Jesus Christ-, whose completion is scheduled for the end of the year. Despite stating that the tower will be finished in 2026, Jordi Faulí has ​​recognized that his “illusion” would be “to see the work finished in 2025”.

Recovery of visitors after the pandemic

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The general director of the Construction Board of the Sagrada Familia, Xavier Martínez, has stated that until 2024 “we will not be in a position to give a completion date for the Sagrada Familia as a whole”. What the general director has highlighted has been the “progressive recovery of visitors that the temple has received after the pandemic” and that the forecast is to end this year with 3.4 million visitors, 7.2% more than those received in 2019, with what is expected “enter 87 million euros”. For next year “the forecasts are optimistic”, according to Xavier Martínez, since the idea is reach the figure of 102 million euros, very similar to that registered in 2019.

The progressive increase in visitors has been noted throughout this year, since in January there were 2,000 daily and now in September there are 15,000 daily, reaching 94% of the visits registered in those months in 2019 in July and Augustaccording to Xavier Martinez.

The Tower of Jesus Christ

At this time, the Tower of Jesus Christ is at construction level 8 of the 12 total and reaches a height of 126 meters, according to Jordi Faulí. The Tower of Jesus Christ will form an architectural complex with the towers dedicated to the 4 evangelistswhich will have a height of 135 meters once completed, and of which those of Lucas and Mateo will have been completed by the end of this year.

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The 4 towers will culminate in tetramorph figures and to identify which evangelist represents each tower sculptures will be used with these figures, which are part of Christian iconography, art and architecture used for centuries to represent the evangelists. A) Yes, the tower of Marcos will be crowned with the sculpture of a winged lion, and that of Lucas, with a winged bull, while the future towers of Juan will be crowned with an eagle and that of Mateo with the figure of a man or angel.

The tetramorph figures, the work of sculptor Xavier Medina Campeny, are supported on an icosahedron shape with 20 triangular sides which opens to support the tetramorph whose wings are, in turn, an elliptical hyperboloid. The wings of the tetramorph are made of high-resistance soft concrete and are 9 meters high. In the case of the winged lion, which crowns the tower of Marcos, it symbolizes strength, courage and majesty, while the bull symbolizes a calm and humble pack animal. The temple already has the Tower of the Virgin, 135 meters high, and the towers dedicated to the apostles, 112 meters high.

The original construction project for the Sagrada Familia in 1883 foresees that, In front of the Pórtico de la Gloria, on Mallorca street, a monumental staircase will be built that will connect with a new avenue 50 meters wide. In 1976, in the General Metropolitan Plan (PGM), the land was reserved, today occupied by buildings, whose neighbors still do not know if they will finally be expropriated to complete Gaudí’s original project. In this regard, Xavier Martínez has not specified at what point the negotiations with the city council and the neighbors are, that they are “at the same point where they ended up before the pandemic”.

Source: Lasexta

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