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Sagrada Família obtains building permit 137 years after construction began

Plus: Pierre Rosenberg’s collection to go to a new museum in St Cloud

10 June 2019

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Sagrada Família obtains a building permit | One hundred and thirty seven years after its cornerstone was laid, the Sagrada Família, Antoni Gaudì’s unfinished masterpiece in Barcelona, has been granted a building permit by the city council. Although an application was submitted in 1885, the permit was never issued by the town hall of Sant Martí de Provençals, now part of the city of Barcelona. In the agreement reached by the Sagrada Familía Foundation and the city, the cathedral will pay €4.5million for the permit, which is valid until 2026, and cover any costs the works create for the city.

Pierre Rosenberg collection to go to new museum in Saint-Cloud | Pierre Rosenberg, a former director of the Louvre, has announced plans to donate his art collection and archives to the commune of Saint-Cloud, in the western suburbs of Paris. Discussing the new agreement, which has not yet been finalised, at an event last week, Rosenberg said his collection – which includes paintings by Charles Le Brun and Simon Vouet – is to be housed in an existing building that will be converted into a museum dedicated to the reign of Louis XIV.

 

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