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Travel Barcelona Spain Sagrada Familia

Although the Sagrada Familia is Gaudi’s magnum opus , the UNESCO monument has had its own chequered history. A bookseller was initially inspired to build it after his visit to the Vatican and Italy in the 19th century. This Roman Catholic church, started with donations from the local people, was designed in a typical Gothic revival style but Gaudi soon revolutionised the design. The church has seen various hands at work after his death and has been partially damaged during the Spanish Civil War, including Gaudi’s model.

Sagrada Familia – Barcelona’s great living basilica

One hundred and thirty years after it was begun, Barcelona’s landmark basilica, the Sagrada Familia, continues to be under construction. Designed by the Spanish Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí i Cornet, it is a monument of exquisite beauty described as the living identity of the city of Barcelona.

Join LAKSHMI SHARATH as she turns up Christmas cheer with a photographic tour of the great basilica.