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La Sagrada Familia Cathedral in Barcelona, Spain

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Unarguable, La Sagrada Familia Catheral is the most attractive, fascinating, and the most visited landmark in Barcelona, Spain. La Sagrada Familia was designed by deceased famous architect Antoni Gaudi back in 1883.

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According to Wikipedia’s “Sagrada Familia's construction progressed slowly as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War—only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950’s. Construction passed the mid-point in 2010 with some of the project's greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí's death. The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona—over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona's cathedral, over Gaudí's design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí's death disregarded his design, and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain's high-speed train could disturb its stability. Describing Sagrada Familia, art critic Rainer Zerbst said "it is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art" and Paul Goldberger called it 'the most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages’.

Incredible amounts of time money, hard work, and creativity have been invested in La Sagrada Familia’s construction. A thorough visit of this famous cathedral, whether one is catholic or not, it is definitely considered a must when touring Barcelona. Admission fees range approximately from 13 to 20 euros, according to the type of service desired. Click here for hours and any additional tourist information.

There is indeed a lot to be seen, visited, experimented, and discovered in the cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. For instance, taking a walk at Las Ramblas –Barcelona’s most famous street, and exploring Barri Gothic and El Born neighborhoods –where one can find narrow streets, cozy local bars, and the highly celebrated museum of Picasso at El Born. Food-wise, seafood is a must-have! There are multiple seafood restaurants available along the pier at multiple levels of affordability as well.

One would definitely want to dedicate at least three or four days to Barcelona when traveling in Spain in order to get the true taste, colors, and culture of this wonderful city!

Make sure to visit Travelocity.com when looking at booking a flight to Spain, they have been found to have the best deals available. For more Gilbert International Travel Examiner articles please click here.

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