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by Kate Siney, Field Producer Access 360

When you think about it, people don’t just build cathedrals anymore. Notre Dame in Paris, St Paul’s in London, Cologne cathedral in Germany…in fact, most of Europe’s great religious monuments were all built between the 12th and 17th centuries. Personally, that’s why I think the Sagrada Familia is such a unique building. Yes, obviously it’s also due to the monument’s groundbreaking architecture, the genius of its creator Antoni Gaudi and the fact that it’s turned into a symbol of hope during Spain’s economic meltdown. But not many people stop and think that here, as they stare up in awe at Gaudi’s soaring tree-like columns and parabolic vaults, they are not just admiring architecture, they are witnessing history in the making.

That’s one of the reasons why it was so important to me to gain access all areas to the construction of this great cathedral and at such a crucial time - it is due to be completed in 13 years. 13 years might seem a long way off…but not when you put it into perspective. Throughout history, it has taken hundreds of years to build a cathedral and even with construction and architectural advancements of recent years, it has taken over a hundred to build the Sagrada Familia. 13 years, believe it or not, is just the time it takes to ice the cake.

Every single one of the four hundred and fifty workersat the Sagrada Familia, whether they’re crane operators, stonemasons or architects, is also more than aware of the privilege working on this monument is. It was their passion, dedication and admiration for their remarkable predecessor that made this a great film and the making of it so much fun.

I just can’t wait to see the fiesta they have when they finish. I hope I’m invited…it will be epic. Just like the building they have created.