Session 4

In this session we read about the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona: a building that's taken over 100 years to build, but it's not finished yet...

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The Sagrada Familia

Gaudi's 'masterwork'

Welcome to Session 4. This time, we're in the city of Barcelona in Spain – a place known for its food, culture and architecture. And one of the most famous buildings is the huge church called the Sagrada Familia, even though… it's not finished yet, over 100 years after they started building it!

In the listening exercise you'll find out more about the building. Then you'll answer some questions to practise all the language you've learned so far.

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The Sagrada Familia is a symbol of Barcelona. The church attracts three million tourists a year and is considered to be the masterwork of the city's most famous architect, Antoni Gaudi.

It's a beautiful building, even though they haven't finished it yet

Construction began in 1882. However, when Gaudi died in 1926 the building was only a quarter complete. Work continued, but was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War. The building is paid for by public donations so progress has been slow at times.

So, what's still left to do?

Well, they've now finished about two thirds of the project, including the Nativity Facade and the Passion Facade. Work began on the Glory Facade in 2002 but hasn’t finished yet.

Workers have already built 8 spires, but there are 10 more to go. They've just started construction of the central spire, which will be 170m tall. That will make Sagrada Familia the tallest church in the world.

And if all goes to plan, the Sagrada Familia will be finished in 2026, almost 150 years after the first stone was laid and exactly 100 years after the death of its famous architect, Gaudi.

To do

Have you learned all about the Sagrada Familia? Try this quiz to find out!

Sagrada Famila quiz

6 Questions

Read the questions and choose the best answer from the options.

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Well done. We hope you enjoyed reading about the Sagrada Familia. Maybe you will visit it one day - or maybe you've already seen it?

In the next activity, it's your turn to talk about a project of your own.

Session Grammar

  • just = a very short time ago.

    She’s just finished her second year at university.

    already = before now, or earlier than expected.

    I've already done that module.

    yet = 'before now', or 'until now'.

    I haven't had lunch yet. Have you finished your essay yet?

Session Vocabulary

  • architecture
    making and designing buildings

    makes people interested so that they move closer

    a work of art made with great skill

    stopped something from happening for a period of time

    the front of a building

    the pointed tops of buildings like churches

    (here) put carefully into position