The World's Oldest Construction Project | Sagrada Familia

23. nov.. 2019
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Writer/Narrator/Camera Operator: Brian McManus
Editor/Camera Operator: Stephanie Sammann (
Animator: Mike Ridolfi (
Sound: Graham Haerther (
Thumbnail: Simon Buckmaster

Thank you to AP Archive for access to their archival footage.
Music by Epidemic Sound:
Unpainted Canvas - David Celeste
Who's There - Peter Sandberg
Stay Near - Luwaks
Weathered Eyes - Alec Slayne
By Lake Surprise - Clarence Reed
Life in Color - Philip Ayers
What Might Have Been - Francis Wells

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    • @Delford Hesener ☹️

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    • are you kidding me? the Dome of Cologne was a building project for more than 137 years? XD

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  • What kinda eejit would destroy the models

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  • Who else came here from Ali law breaking in

    MC BronMC Bron4 timer siden
  • When I visit Barcelona, this is a nobrainer to visit. I love old architecture

    Patrick SchottertPatrick SchottertDag siden
  • This was a beautifully written video essay. Props to Brian McManus.

    PetHubPetHubDag siden
  • Ugliest building on earth.

    John MarquardtJohn MarquardtDag siden
  • Nature and intelligent design? I’d choose my words more carefully next time. “Intelligent design” refers to the crackpot theory that evolution is not real, against all the very good evidence for it.

    Dennis ReimerDennis Reimer2 dager siden
  • Sagrada Familia is NOT a Cathedral but a Basilica.

    Anton KiderAnton Kider2 dager siden
  • This building will outlive the fascist separatist criminals that are currently hell bent on ruining everything they touch. Spain will prevail and these criminals are slowly being taken out. Viva España.

    BodybuilderMuscleChampBodybuilderMuscleChamp3 dager siden
  • The title is both very Euro-centric and misleading. This is still nothing compared to how long it took the Cathedral of Cologne to finally finish... (and that's just in the category of single buildings in Europe) The title should read 'the oldest STILL unfinished building project in Europe.'

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  • 😢😢😢😢😢😢❤

    John buanJohn buan5 dager siden
  • Engineering tops aesthetics in this building that contains odd and quirky shapes and peculiar angles, so I would not like to see this aesthetic repeated elsewhere.

    John DinglerJohn Dingler5 dager siden
  • And ilove it being a christian in the world.

    fernando gambolfernando gambol6 dager siden
  • Spanish is the greatest architech.

    fernando gambolfernando gambol6 dager siden
  • The arch in the form of a hanging rope is actually not a parabola but a hyperbolic cosine.

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  • It looks like someone poured acid over a regular cathedral.

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  • It looks ugly

    Pawan KumarPawan Kumar9 dager siden
  • milan catheral is 600 years old

    Andreas AdiAndreas Adi9 dager siden
  • The interiors are gorgeous. The exterior is a hideous mishmash and ugly as sin. It is among the ugliest structures ever designed by man. The only thing uglier are Hindu temples like Angkor Wat. It also suffers from that age old "lunatic architects cant leave other peoples designs alone" - an example of which is the proposed addition to the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Canada which is also hideous and does not match the existing building or heritage. Too many architects think they can "improved the design" and simply make it worse. Then there is this myth that "new additions should not look the same as the original structure.". Yes they should. If the original structure is worth keeping, then additions should match it. Yes, I consider architects almost universally crazy.

    Shad YoungShad Young9 dager siden
  • It's undoubtedly a great masterpiece, but it just doesn't look very good from the outside haha :P Must have been wild to see back in the day though.

    LaudrengenLaudrengen10 dager siden
  • I love it! but i wish it used less of that bulbous motif

    Diego AguilarDiego Aguilar11 dager siden
  • Could only be, church building fund

    roshand matabickroshand matabick11 dager siden
  • 2026...see u in 6years.hope it's really finished that time..😌🙏

    Rey JrRey Jr11 dager siden
  • The narrator keeps saying "sangrada familia" instead of "sagrada familia". It changes the meaning from 'holy family' into 'bloody family'... lol

    Jorge MiguelJorge Miguel12 dager siden
  • Hii my name is Antoni Gaudi too !

    Antoni GaudiAntoni Gaudi13 dager siden
  • Just call the termite team...they can do it in weeks...🤧😷

    Sheikh Humayun KabirSheikh Humayun Kabir13 dager siden
  • Visited Barcelona in the late 80s and Sagrada Familia was the winner. It was really attractive, unique and out of the ordinary. You need to see it yourself as words can't explain it. Would love to go back to Barcelona one day. Beautiful place.

    Jeffrey SooJeffrey Soo13 dager siden
  • An homage to humankind delirious insanity.

    Curatica CCuratica C13 dager siden
  • The front of the thing Is really intimidating when you stand in front of it

    Harryboi 64Harryboi 6414 dager siden
  • no es raro que anarquistas y otros abortos paridos destruyan, en este casi destruyeron el diseño original (quien sabe cual seria ese diseño, O PARA QUE SERVIA, pero terminaron haciendo este QUIZAS PARA QUE SIRVE) PERO DE QUE ES IMPRESIONANTE es impresionante

    carloko08carloko0814 dager siden
  • This should be called "The Emetic La Sagrada" as it is such a pitiful story that money goes into this sort of horseshit instead of helping the sick and starving. What a horrible and shameful documentary about something as evil as this!

    Joseph StokesJoseph Stokes15 dager siden
    • Cry about it

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  • im surprised it wasn't demolished by the dumbass republicans during the civil war

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  • I'm here after finishing the book " origin " by Dan Brown

    KalkiKalki15 dager siden
  • I was hurt when they destroy the model

    Marion Joel CaldaMarion Joel Calda15 dager siden
  • This video is as long as the period of time that is taking the Sagrada Família to be built! Only messin' ;) thanks for putting together this one. Barcelona is a great city, can't get enough of it.

    Marta MurteiraMarta Murteira16 dager siden
  • Topping only I-5 in Tacoma by the Dome

    AM MECHAM MECH16 dager siden
  • Sagrada, not “sangrada”!

    Christian JiangChristian Jiang16 dager siden
  • Whatever how long was it built, just 5 minutes to destroy this crazy building

    Pa Koung ChanPa Koung Chan16 dager siden
  • I'm pretty sure this is not the world's oldest construction project. I guess there were no construction projects prior to this one.

    Karl MaloneyKarl Maloney16 dager siden
  • poetic narrative

    Esat'ın MaceralarıEsat'ın Maceraları17 dager siden
  • The old structures is much more detailed and intricate than the newer ones.

    James Andrew GabicaJames Andrew Gabica18 dager siden
  • Pretty bad spanish pronunciation guys, you can do better!

    Fede BrownFede Brown19 dager siden
  • Something of a record for an architectural clip. It only took 1.40 to get in the first “parabolic”. It is also rather silly to say that the architect believed in God, and evolution.

    Mark GoddardMark Goddard21 dag siden
  • It is beautiful.

    Beautiful KampucheaBeautiful Kampuchea21 dag siden
  • So he began building it upside-down

    Cody BallCody Ball22 dager siden
  • 5 more years people!

    Red AlixxRed Alixx27 dager siden
  • Arch? Round things? Gravity? Flat earthers?

    Dio Ross OrozcoDio Ross Orozco28 dager siden
  • when he said "I believe i express a great deal of my awe with this world through learning how it works" as a Muslim I instantly thought of a verse in the Qur'an (إِنَّمَا يَخْشَى اللَّهَ مِنْ عِبَادِهِ الْعُلَمَاءُ) surah Fatir,28 which basically means: Of all His servants, only those possessed of true knowledge stand in awe of God.

    Nada Al-kanashNada Al-kanash29 dager siden
  • Thumps up

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  • Gaudi is the most creative person I've ever know

    Dustin DemonetizedDustin DemonetizedMåned siden
  • I think it kinda looks dumb.

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  • how have I not seen this before?! Amazing coverage of this project, well done. I dream of visiting this masterpiece someday

    Joel KlassenJoel KlassenMåned siden
  • 144 years to build a huge cathedral? Hold my beer! We in Cologne took over 600 years for it. Master Gerhard from Ryle.

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  • Another one to add to my bucket list

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  • Sadly those last year every thing is with money to visit garden to .. Wasn't like this before... We can understand to pay ! But when that reach more then 60 € to have access for 2 ppl... I do believe it will never be finished at this price for ever to keep paying the famous unfinished legend ¡¡¡ abusing tourists only business

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  • Gaudis taught many an Architect, who has taken part in finishing the Sacrada Familia. Long may this building stand, as a monument to Gaudis talent, and his "Client"

    David ArundelDavid ArundelMåned siden
  • … and now let's practice again: speak ”sagrada” without that ”n” before ”g”!

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  • Nice one mah dudes 💕

    Rose EscritorRose EscritorMåned siden
  • Always wanted to know the history behind the cathedral. Great docy! Thank you. I agree with you. Science is the study of nature to reveal the face of God. Or so they say.

    Pedro IsaacsPedro IsaacsMåned siden
  • Jesus bless...amen

    Bornean DayakBornean DayakMåned siden
  • Antoni Gaudi was a great catholic and a great Saint

    Andrés AlcubierreAndrés AlcubierreMåned siden
  • Sagrada Familia: under construction since 1882 Cologne Cathedral: that's cute.

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  • Sometimes I think about how when a person sees the beauty of the making of another person, he marvels and praises that maker , but when it appears to nature, its might, its beauty, and its subtlety He says it was created by chance .

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  • 9:57 New Darkest Dungeon 2 trailer?

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  • So refreshing to hear an Irish accent for a change from the usual British accent so many video creators use. Ugghh

    Tim FronimosTim FronimosMåned siden
  • Arquitectura oscura e, snake temple

    Marta MccoolMarta MccoolMåned siden
  • People don't understand that God as the ultimate architect designs creation with mathematics that we slowly uncover. People only credit inventors for creating something they're just copying from God's creation. Birds to airplanes, sea creatures to submarines, animal structures to human structure, this guy said it, this cathedral much like a termite mound. The flaw of humans especially so called intelectuals, or atheists like evolutionists always want to over credit themselves for any discovery. When in reality humans only create and design because someone Greater has given us all the elements and inteligence out of nothing to be able to build and construct. Not to mention the perfect function of our bodies and it's capabilities. But ignorant humans prefer to be ungrateful and thank an inanimate idea like evolution that benefits no one in any way. Evolution never existed before and it was never a reason why humans were always inteligent from their creation.

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  • A string theory that actually works!

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  • Cologne Cathedral is a 600 years old construction project

    Zero DawnZero DawnMåned siden
  • So much love and passion.

    Aguido BughaoAguido BughaoMåned siden
  • Btw The Church of St. Vitus in Prague was built from 1344 to 1929😁😁

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  • The World's Oldest Construction Project is not actually true. The Cathedral of Our Lady in Antwerp (Belgium) was build between 1352 and 1521, which means it toke 169 years to complete. But if they keep working on the Sagrada Familia at the same pace as the past 130-and-something years, it would probably take another 50 years which brings them in the lead.

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  • Its Beautiful though

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  • Its Europes. Not Asian

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  • Enemies noting down what to bomb first if war breaks out

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  • Great!

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  • I would like more building like this than just a plain white building with a boring detail. I'm just hoping they would bring back these kinda buildings again. I know these kinda building is not completely forgotten yet but I would like people to take this kinda style instead.

    Bill KalvonBill KalvonMåned siden
  • I had the privilege to visit Sagrada Familia in October 2019 and attend mass at the basement chapel, Gaudi's crypt. What an amazing church, 2 hours is not enough for me to look at each corners, as in Wow. Outside, showing the 3 Facade, another extraordinary work of art. The church will be completed in 2026, for the 100th year death anniversary of Gaudi, and I have plans to return/re-visit again to be part of it. God bless.

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  • I swear when you see it youself in Barcelona it looks even more breautiful and unreal, it makes u goosebumps. The details, the inside of that huge church, the way the light enters into the building, etc etc... If you even have the chance to visit Barcelona, you NEED to go to La Sagrada Familia.

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  • "There's strength in arches." -one Taskmaster contestsnt

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  • The church thats never ending its called also

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  • I don't think it's the oldest. the Duomo of MIlan took nearly six centuries for it to be finished.

    Andrea TavaglioneAndrea TavaglioneMåned siden
    • credo intendano di quelli ancora in costruzione.

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  • My god, this video is a masterpiece

    Rafael LoscoRafael LoscoMåned siden
  • Stop saying "sangrada" familia

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  • Unfinished

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  • fluff

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  • Burstalona?

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  • "I am by no means a religious man..." Well, that's sad for you, and that's not a thing you should tell.

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    • Why?

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  • Awesome video! However, please stop saying “Sangrada Familia” = “Bloody family”. It is “Sagrada Familia” = “ Holly Family”.

    Marcello BomfimMarcello BomfimMåned siden
  • Hello Gaudi constructed like a cartune network creations. I like it 👌. Saludos love the people of Barcelona

    pavelavietor1pavelavietor1Måned siden
  • It’s cool that there’s still giant projects nowadays that people can appreciate in the future. Reminds me of the duomo and other cathedrals

    Ian HolmIan HolmMåned siden
  • Sagrada Familia.... Not Sangrada Familia... Sorry.. It kinda irritating..

    LASR ArchitectureLASR ArchitectureMåned siden
  • Damn, *why did TRUMP not charge tourists admission to his great construction sites?*

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  • I swear I am not being a troll, but sometimes when you say sagrada familia, it sounds like sangrada familia, which is the bloody family and sounds so creepy... like in 9:40 The video is awesome though :D as always

    Daniel GimenezDaniel GimenezMåned siden
  • 140+ years to get completed? Just a wink in time compared to the Dom of Cologne, there the construction started in 1248 and was finished 1880. 🤷‍♂️

    Janek WillJanek WillMåned siden
  • ADVICE. anyone visiting for the 1st. Whe. U get out the station. Take a moment to pause BEFORE U turn around. And ENJOY.... DO NOT TURN AROUND AS YOU ARE COMING UP THE STATION STAIRCASE.

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  • A hot guy inside the main entranceof segreade de familiar With black or white gloves. We shared many a glance we also touched for a brief moment. Any1 know him?... Pleeeease let me know. Lolx thanks.

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  • Sagrada Familia is a marvelous architecture beauty, wish I could see it in person

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  • What’s with your pronunciation?

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