Bedraggled genius’s cathedral gets go-ahead after 137 years

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Bedraggled genius’s cathedral gets go-ahead after 137 years

Completion of La Familia Sagrada. will mark the anniversary of legend Antoni Gaudi's death

Tymon Smith

Picture this: it’s a summer’s day, a Monday – June 7 1926 to be exact. A bedraggled looking man is crossing the Gran Vía de les Corts Catalanes in Barcelona.

A religious man, he’s on the way to make his daily confessional at the nearby church of ’Església de Sant Felip. He’s crossing the tram tracks when he sees an oncoming tram and takes two steps back to avoid the vehicle only to be hit by a tram coming in the opposite direction.

He falls to the ground and it will later be ascertained that he’s broken his rib, bruised his leg and suffered from internal bleeding. Because of his bedraggled appearance, several local taxi drivers at the scene refuse to take this “tramp” to the hospital but eventually he is transported by some kind soul to a local hospital for the poor, Antic Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, where he is placed in a ward for indigent patients...

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