The’re nearly done with the Sagrada Familia! Here’s a good story about where it’s got to (via longform.org), its background, controversies and potential future role. Great photo gallery too.
When I went there in 1992 the interior was largely not done, if I recall correctly, but it’s apparently stunning now. They still have to put a few enormous spires on top but if I had a chance I’d love to go see it right now. Extract from the article:
SOCIOLOGIST OF religion Mircea Eliade used the term “hierophany” to describe moments – or places – where the sacred seems to break through into the everyday world. The interior of Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia is such a place. Hundreds of tourists bathed in mauve-coloured natural light are staring up in wonder. Like being in a forest, or under the sea, or gazing out at interstellar space, or being inside a living organism, it’s immediately apparent that this awe-inspiring interior space is distinctly
different from the kitschy Catholic iconography of the building’s exuberant exterior. Above the high altar, a modest crucifix dangles under a little golden umbrella trimmed with electric lights, but other than that it’s not entirely clear who or what is being sacralised inside the Sagrada Familia. Stick a glass reliquary on the altar containing the big toe of a Tyrannosaurus Rex and it probably wouldn’t seem out of place.