Barcelona, September 22 (EFE).- The Tower of Jesus Christ of the Sagrada Familia architectural complex in Barcelona, which with 172.50 meters will be the highest point of the temple, will be completed in 2026, coinciding with the centenary of the death by the architect Antoni Gaudi.
This was stated by the direct architect of the temple, Jordi Faulí, in the act of presentation of the state of the works of the Basilica of Barcelona.
Figures of a winged lion and a bull were displayed at the event, which will crown the towers of the Evangelists Marcos and Lucas respectively, two of the four towers that will embrace the tower of Jesus Christ and whose completion is scheduled for the end of the year.
Although claiming that the tower will be finished in 2026, Jordi Faulí admitted that his “illusion” would be “to see the work finished in 2025”.
During the deed, the director general of the Sagrada Familia Building Council, Xavier Martínez, said that until 2024 “we will not be able to give a completion date for the whole of the Sagrada Familia. “.
What the general manager pointed out was the “gradual recovery of visitors the temple received after the pandemic” and that the forecast should end this year with 3.4 million visitors, 7.2% more than those received in 2019, with which he is expected to “seize 87 million euros”.
For next year “the forecasts are optimistic”, according to Xavier Martínez, since the idea is to reach the figure of 102 million euros, very close to that recorded in 2019.
The gradual increase in the number of visitors has been noticed throughout this year, since in January there were 2,000 per day and now in September there are 15,000 per day, reaching 94% of the visits recorded at the during these months in 2019 in July and August, according to Xavier Martinez.
Currently, the Tower of Jesus Christ is at construction level 8 out of 12 in total and reaches a height of 126 meters, according to Jordi Faulí.
The Tower of Jesus Christ will form an architectural ensemble with the towers dedicated to the 4 evangelists, which will be 135 meters high when completed, and of which those of Lucas and Mateo will be completed by the end of this year.
The 4 towers will culminate in tetramorph figures and to identify which Evangelist represents each tower, sculptures with these figures will be used, which are part of Christian iconography, art and architecture used for centuries to represent the evangelists.
Thus, the tower of Marcos will be crowned with the sculpture of a winged lion, and that of Lucas, with a winged bull, while the future towers of Juan will be crowned with an eagle and that of Mateo with the figure of a man or angel. .
The tetramorph figures, the work of sculptor Xavier Medina Campeny, are supported by an icosahedron shape with 20 triangular sides that opens to support the tetramorph whose wings are, in turn, an elliptical hyperboloid.
The wings of the tetramorph are made of soft, high-strength concrete and are 9 meters high.
In the case of the winged lion, which crowns the tower of Marcos, it symbolizes strength, courage and majesty, while the bull symbolizes a calm and humble beast of burden.
The temple already has the Tower of the Virgin, 135 meters high, and the towers dedicated to the apostles, 112 meters high.
The initial project for the construction of the Sagrada Familia in 1883 foresees that, in front of the Portico de la Gloria, on Calle Mallorca, a monumental staircase will be built which will connect to a new avenue 50 meters wide.
In 1976, in the General Metropolitan Plan (PGM), the land was reserved, today occupied by buildings, whose neighbors still do not know if they will finally be expropriated to complete Gaudí’s initial project.
In this regard, Xavier Martínez did not specify at what stage the negotiations with the town hall and the neighbors are, which are “at the same point where they ended before the pandemic”. EFE.
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