Sagrada Familia gets licence 137 years after building started
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.Also on rt.com ‘Illegal’ Sagrada Familia cathedral set to pay millions for construction permit… 136 years too late
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 d’obres del temple de la Sagrada Família després de 130 d’obres irregulars.Un ingrés de 4.6M€ per Barcelona, que es sumen als 36M€ acordats per compensar l’impacte que provoca en el seu entorn.Som un govern valent que no permet privilegis. pic.twitter.com/CsPx7PRm1h— Janet Sanz (@janetsanz) June 7, 2019
“Finally this historical anomaly in which a work such as the Sagrada Familia has been carried out 'illegally' has been resolved,” local politician Janet Sanz said to La Vanguardia.
“A license will have to be paid just like everyone else, without any form of special treatment.”
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