Spain church gets building permit 137 years after construction began

Last Updated: Jun 11 2019 16:55
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BARCELONA- Gaudi's Sagrada Familia basilica, Barcelona’s most visited monument and one of the main tourist landmarks in Spain, finally got a building permit on Friday, 137 years after its construction first began.

Barcelona city council awarded the license to a committee in charge of finishing construction of the Catholic temple for 4.6 million euros ($5.2 million).

The new building permit states that the basilica will finally be finished in 2026, with a maximum height of 172 metres (564 feet) and a budget of 374 million euros.

The Sagrada Familia was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.