Sagrada Familia Church In Barcelona Opened To Visitors
The world-famous Sagrada Familia in Barcelona opened to all visitors on July 25. One of the main attractions in Spain can now be visited on weekends from 09:00 to 15:00 local time. Tickets are sold on the Basilica's website. The Church was closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. By July 4, the Church had been closed for 114 days, the only time it had been closed for such a long time in history was during the Spanish civil war of 1936-1939.
As the epidemiological situation improved, the temple gradually opened its doors to different categories of visitors. So, in the first half of July, the Church could be visited by a medical staff of city hospitals and their families, law enforcement officers, as well as representatives of non-governmental, public, and commercial organizations. At the next stage, all the inhabitants of Barcelona were able to get inside the temple.
The Church of the Sagrada Familia was founded in 1882 by the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudi (1852-1926). Its construction is being carried out with private donations, and it is still not completed. About 4.5 million tourists visit the temple every year. A sharp influx of visitors began after it was consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 and given permission to perform Church services there. At the same time, the Church received the title of a Minor papal Basilica.
Before the pandemic, it was planned that construction work would be completed in 2026 - the 100th anniversary of Gaudi's death. The mayor's office of Barcelona, due to the consequences of the spread of the coronavirus, the construction of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, will most likely not be completed in 2026.