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Barcelona's world-famous La Sagrada Familia basilica has [finale / finally] been given a building permit 136 years after construction on the [site / sight] began. The church has agreed to repay $41 million in fees that [anniversary / date] back to 1882, which is when ground was first [destroyed / broken] on the building. City authorities have given the church a 10-year timeframe to pay the fees. Barcelona's mayor has [bailed / hailed] the deal as a [historic / historian] agreement. She said the funds would be [allotment / allotted] to municipal projects that will improve the metro system, roads, public services and [local / locally] neighbourhoods. A resident tweeted: "To improve the environment of this [majestic / majesty] building is to improve the quality of life for citizens and visitors as [good / well] as the image of Barcelona."

La Sagrada Familia was designed by [renowned / renewed] Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, a modernist artist who also designed many [eye-watering / eye-catching] , unique and [eccentric / eccentricity] buildings and parks in Barcelona. The basilica is [stated / slated] for completion in 2026, [exact / exactly] 100 years after Gaudi's death. Construction has continued on La Sagrada Familia for over a century without any inspections from [locally / local] authorities. It was [recognition / recognized] as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985. In 2010, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated the church and [proclaimed / reclaimed] it a minor basilica, which is distinct from a cathedral in it not being the [chair / seat] of a bishop. It is now one of Barcelona's top tourist attractions, [attracting / attractive] an estimated 20 million visitors a year.

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