The architectural style of Sagrada Familia has been called "warped Gothic," and it's easy to see why. The rippling contours of the stone façade make it look as though Sagrada Familia is melting in the sun, while the towers are topped with brightly-colored mosaics which look like bowls of fruit. The towers are surrounded by cranes and photographing it is particuarly tricky, even if you don't mind the cranes. It is a huge building and very different front and back, and virtually impossible to fit into the frame and be able to make out the incredible detail.
George Orwell called it 'one of the most hideous buildings in the world' and strangely enough seeing it in 'the flesh', it appeared to me rather gracious and elegant. I did notice too that some other church spires around Barcelona had a vaguely similar look to them. It was as though Gaudi had taken a small amount of traditional Gothic style and sort of melted it into his own then mixed it with a bit of Art Noveau. I believe Gaudi's original design calls for a total of eighteen spires, representing in order of height the Twelve Apostles, the Four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary and the tallest of all, Jesus Christ.
These days the Cathedral is funded by tourism, and has just past halfway point and its anticipated completion is around 2026, the centenary of Gaudi's death.