Building Permit Never Issued For Barcelona's Famous Basilica The Sagrada Familia basilica has been under construction since work began 136 years ago. The basilica has agreed to pay the city about $41 million to settle the permit dispute.

Building Permit Never Issued For Barcelona's Famous Basilica

Building Permit Never Issued For Barcelona's Famous Basilica

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The Sagrada Familia basilica has been under construction since work began 136 years ago. The basilica has agreed to pay the city about $41 million to settle the permit dispute.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Who knows how this happened in the 1800s? Workers in Barcelona, Spain, began building a church called the Sagrada Familia. They're still not finished. Cranes rise amid its spires. This famous church has been under construction 135 years. And all that time, workers had no building permit. At last, the Catholic Church obtained one. It's never too late, although the church is paying a penalty of $40 million. It's MORNING EDITION.

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