This really is an amazing structure. We originally thought it was older, but construction started at the end of the 19th century and continued for around 85 years. It's still not really finished. The plans called for two bell towers, 90 meters high. They never finished the final 2 tiers of the towers, either funding or physical limitations, not sure. Still, more than 3 million bricks used in construction, countless chunks of marble - mostly pink marble from Cuenca, but also quite a bit from Italy, stained glass from Germany, blue roof tiles from Czech Republic, and who knows how much gold leaf inside.
Supposedly the construction is a tribute to the faith of the people. But I can't help wondering, just as I do when I see American megachurches, how might the people have been helped if all that money and effort had been directed to feeding the hungry, clothing and sheltering the poor, and otherwise following the alleged directives of Jesus, rather than building enormous gilded edifices.
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