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The Sagrada Familia (Frank Rumpenhorst/Picture-Alliance/DPA/AP )

Quick Takes

Grandfathered in

After more than a century of construction, the Sagrada Família finally has a building permit. On June 7 the city government of Barcelona, Spain, issued what is apparently the first building permit ever obtained by the iconic Catholic church. Work on the 137-year-old project first began in 1882, and famed Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí directed the construction and design beginning the next year. Officials with the privately funded modernist masterpiece expect the building to be finished in 2026.



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