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Building a Basilica: Notes from our President


September 5, 2019 by Brian Taussig-Lux

How long does it take to build a basilica?

On a recent trip to Barcelona, I learned that the Sagrada Familia Basilica is scheduled for completion in 2026, 144 years after construction began and 100 years after the death of its visionary architect, Antonio Gaudi.

There is something about his joyous celebration of faith rooted in the natural world that inspires awe, even among the cynical.

The interior space is a tribute to the beauty and function of natural forms. Artisans from around the world have spent their entire careers creating this work of great beauty while also embracing its need to serve a function as a place of worship.

Well crafted travel

There is artistry and vision in how we design, build, and maintain our UnTours too. Our work is shaped by our clients’ needs and desires, but also by our subtle understanding of the cultures and places themselves.

Our week-long UnTours may seem anachronistic in a fast-paced world, but just as a basilica takes time and expertise to emerge, so too are travel experiences created from time, experience, and attention to detail.

Thank you for trusting us to craft your dreams.