After 137 years, church building in Barcelona gets permit...

After 137 years when the first stone of its foundation was laid, a building which has since been one of the country’s most famous tourist attractions, has finally been issued permit by the authorities.

The gigantic structure at La Sagrada Familia was given a licence on Friday, allowing it to continue building work until 2026.

It is unclear why the church, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, did not have a building permit previously.

BBC reported that the Unesco heritage site agreed to pay $41m (£32m) to city authorities last year as a penalty for the oversight, and that It is hoped the seven-year licence will cover the building up to completion, planned for 2026 to coincide with the centenary of Gaudí’s death.

Officials were also reported to have said the city would be paid €4.6m ($5.2m; £4m) in fees as part of an agreement with the church’s foundation, which is responsible for the completion and preservation of La Sagrada Familia.

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