Barcelona's Sagrada Familia basilica to pay city €36 million in late permit fees

Barcelona's Sagrada Familia basilica to pay city €36 million in late permit fees
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By Rachael Kennedy

The unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica has been operating without a building permit for 130 years. As a result, it has come to an agreement with Barcelona City Council on how to settle this.

The Sagrada Familia basilica, a famous unfinished landmark in Barcelona, has reached an agreement with Barcelona city council to pay €36 million after operating for 130 years without a building permit.

The basilica was designed by architect Antoni Gaudi, and has been under construction since 1882.

Barcelona City Council said in a tweet on Thursday that an "historic agreement" had been reached, confirming the money would be used to improve public transport services and the neighbourhoods surrounding the basilica.

Many social media users reacted favourably to the news. The following Twitter user echoed the city council's sentiment, saying it was "very good news for the city..."

"To improve the environment of this majestic building is to improve the quality of life for citizens and visitors as well as the image of Barcelona..."

And, as for the basilica? Well, construction is due to finish in 2026, the centenary of Atoni Gaudi's death, and almost 150 years after work on the building began.

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