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    La Sagrada Familia

    One of the facades of the church

    One of the facades of the church

    La Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by architect Antoni Gaudí. Construction was begun in 1882, and it is hoped that it will be completed by 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudi’s death.

    One of the materials being used in the construction is reinforced concrete. This may seem like a modern material that would not have been used by Gaudi, but he was actually one of the first architects to use it because Eusebi Güell, a Catalan entrepreneur who was the major patron of Gaudi’s work, was the owner of the first Portland cement factory in the country. Reinforced concrete is used on the termination of the towers on the Nativity façade, and Gaudi also proposed to use it on the construction of the naves in order to concentrate the horizontal forces on the columns, and reduce the amount of scaffolding for the construction.

    As regulations on building work have become stricter over the years, the quality of the concrete used has had to improve dramatically so that the church can stay as true as possible to the original design, whilst still complying with the new laws.

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