Sagrada Familia fined $60m over historic dispute on permits

Barcelona’s basilica and world-famous landmark has agreed to pay city authorities 36 million euros ($60 million) after going without a building permit for over a century.

The spectacular Sagrada Familia basilica was designed by the architect Antoni Gaudí and gained Unesco world heritage status in 2005. However, the famous church which is still under construction has gone 130 years of work without permission.

Construction started on the basilica in 1882.

Ada Colau, Barcelona’s mayor said the deal was an historic agreement.

The basilica is due to pay the money back over the next 10 years and will be used to improve public transport around the area neighbouring the monument.

This coincides with the expected finish date of the project in 2026, one hundred years after Gaudi was run down and killed by a Barcelona Tram.

La Sagrada Família és una icona i el monument +visitat de la nostra ciutat. Després de 2 anys d diàleg, fem un acord q garantirà el pagament de llicència, l’accés segur al monument i facilitarà la vida veïnal amb millores al #TransportPúblic i reurbanització dels carrers +propers

A statement on the Sagrada Familia’s website said that the new agreement will allow the “Junta Constructora to contribute financially to urbanisation, mobility and maintenance of its surroundings.”

The building in progress receives 4.5 million paying visitors each year, and an estimated 20 million just take a picture and marvel at the design from the outside.

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