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The making of a masterpiece

October 13, 2014

When completed, the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família will feature 18 spires. These will soar to heights of up to 170 meters or 560 feet.

The construction of Gaudi’s Sagrada Família church in Barcelona is painstaking work. Perhaps this explains why the estimated date of completion is 2026 – 144 years after building commenced!

The fact of the matter is simply that the impeccable craftsmanship required on a UNESCO World Heritage site takes time. It also demands tools capable of extreme precision, which is why a 6.3t Konecranes CXT crane was recently installed to help with the job. Accuracy and safety are the priorities, just as in the large-scale industrial projects where equipment like this is typically employed.

3 Facts

1. Work on La Sagrada Família first began in 1882.

2. Antoni Gaudí carried on with the work from late 1883 until his death in 1926.

3. The church is forecast to be finished in the first third of the 21st century.

Below: A detail of the Sagrada Familia's ornately decorated ceiling. Click on the image to see a video of the Konecranes CXT crane being installed at the site in 2014.


Text: Ian Fenton
Photos: Konecranes (above), Shutterstock (below)
Video: Konecranes