IT has used a staggering 137 years and € 4. 6m, but Barcelona’ h iconic, as-yet-unfinished, Sagrada Familia basilica has finally been given planning authorization.

In a process that will old hands in Spain might recognize, following a series of corruption cases, which usually led to a tightening of rules, building of the Barcelona landmark were only available in 1882, which was a full three years just before a construction permit was first asked for.

But things after that seemed to go a little quiet in order to came to the legalities. Building function carried on at its own leisurely speed, as finances allowed, and no-one worried too much about the paperwork.

After all, it had been applied for… so “ just carry on developing until someone tells you stop, ” was the message given, and one therefore familiar to Spanish people in past times.

Over the years, the basilica grew and grew, eventually getting the Catalan city’ s greatest tourist attraction.

Ultimately, though, it was realised that even though an application had made, no one noticed any record of permission really being given to construct the massive church.

It was the tricky situation, so Barcelona Town Hall decided that the application needed to be processed.

After all, stopping construction, or even ordering demolition, had been hardly an option!

The particular permit has now been given,   yet it  will cost the foundation carrying upon construction work millions of euros.

It has agreed to pay the town council  € 4. 6min fees  for building permits, which will final until 2026, which should be enough to accomplish the present phase.

Among the central towers to be completed in this particular time-scale will make La Sagrada Neamul, Europe’ s tallest religious construction at 172. 5 metres.

Antoni Gaudi, the original builder, envisioned 12 such towers, 1 for each disciple, but it is not likely that they will all be finished.

Around 4. 5 mil tourists pay up to € fifty each for a guided tour from the edifice each year, with a further twenty million estimated to see it externally, according to the city council.

At least they now know it is not really yet another of the “ illegal builds”, which are so common in Spain.