The Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family of Barcelona in Catalonia (Spain), universally known as the Sagrada Família, is a large Catholic minor basilica designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí, the greatest exponent of Catalan modernism.
The works began in 1882 under the reign of Alfonso XII of Spain. The building was begun in a neo-Gothic style, but when Gaudí took over as designer of the work in 1883, at the age of 31, it was completely redesigned. Gaudí worked on the church dedicating entirely the last 15 years of his life to it. According to the wishes of the organizing committee, the work could be completed, at best, by 2026, 144 years after the first stone was laid and 100 years after Gaudì’s death, however the progress of the works is discontinuous and largely depends the influx of donations.