What do you know about Sagrada Familia?

Catalonian most well known and iconic Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, nothing less than Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. Combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms, it started to get constructed in 1882. Even though not yet completed, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica, as distinct from a cathedral which must be the seat of a bishop.

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 It was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). 

The Basilica of the Sagrada Família was the inspiration of a Catalan bookseller, Josep Maria Bocabella, founder of the Spiritual Association of Devotees of St. Joseph.

Incredible but thruth, Antoni Gaudí began work on the church in 1883 but was not appointed Architect Director until 1884, and it wasn't the original architect in the first place.
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Newly constructed stonework at the Basilica is clearly visible compared to the darker older sections, touched and aged by the weather.
Taken in consideration the long time it will take to construct the church, Gaudí had said: “My client is not in a hurry.” When Gaudí died in 1926, the basilica was between 15 and 25 percent complete. After Gaudí’s death, the work continued under the direction of Domenec Sugrañes i Gras until stopped again by the Spanish Civil War in 1936.

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One projection anticipates construction completion around 2026, the centennial of Gaudí’s death—while the project’s information leaflet estimates a completion date in 2028.

In 2008, some very well known Catalan architects advocated a stop to construction, to respect the original designs by Gaudí, which, although they were not exhaustive and were partially destroyed during civil war by Catalan anarchists, but  have been partially reconstructed in recent years.

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Since 2013, AVE high-speed trains have passed near the Sagrada Família through an underground tunnel that runs beneath the centre of Barcelona. 

Service through the tunnel was inaugurated on 8 January 2013. Track in the tunnel makes use of a system by EdilonSedra in which the rails are embedded in an elastic material to dampen vibrations. No damage to the Sagrada Família has been reported to date.

 

Art critic Rainer Zerbs describes Sagrada Família as, “It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art” and Paul Goldberger opinion: “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages.”

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We hope you will find this short post useful and helpful to have a little more knowledge of this amazing edification in the center of Barcelona! And of course, don’t forget if you need any help with tours, transport passes or anything regarding Barcelona, please click HERE!

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What to do for Valentine’s day in Paris?

February 14th, well known day for Valentine’s Day!!!

So here is our selection  to celebrate V-Day with your love one while in Paris for this very romantic and special night for people around the world…..

Valentine Day Paris Dinner Cruise

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Paris at night, illuminated edifications….. Boat on the Seine River…. Dinner by a Michelin star Chef….You and your loved one…. Happy V-Day!

Duration: Around 3-1/2 hours. Check-in starts at 19:30 (7:30pm), departure is at 20:30 (8:30pm), return to the quay at 23:00 (11pm), end of the evening at midnight. More info here.


Eiffel Tower Valentine Dinner and Seine River Cruise

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Minimalist furniture and soft lights will not contrast the beauty of the City of Lights. Located on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower, the Eiffel 58  offers chic classical cuisine from Chef Alain Soulard.  What an incredible and exclusive way of enjoy your Vaelntine’s day….

Duration: approximately 3 hours
Admission to the first floor of Eiffel Tower & dinner included
River Cruise included
More info, here.


Crazy Horse Valentine Show 

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This is the Crazy Horse, the cabaret which shows femininity, creativity, audacity in just one show: “Desirs”. The colors and images from the breathtaking light effects are so amazing that it’s hard to know where skin ends and the colour reflections begin…

Valentine Show (Feb 13, 14 & 15), 8:15PM & 10:45PM
Duration: around 1:30
Desirs show including 1/2 bottle of Champagne rosé per person (or 2 drinks) and a photo souvenir of you and your dear one!


Valentine Dinner Cruise – Mirage

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If you are looking to attend to an even more exclusive experience on the Seine river during this night, then the “Mirage” is for you. An astonishing yacht, limited to only 30 tables for this night, accompanied by a live Jazz band and Cuisine by Guy Krenzer, twice voted “Meilleur Ouvrier de France”.

Duration: around 2 hours 3/4 starting check in at 19:45 (7:45PM), departure at 20:15 (8:15PM) and return to quay at 23:15 (11:15PM)
Details, here.


Lido Valentine Vie en Rose Dinner and Show

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The Lido de Paris is for sure one of the best Cabarets in Paris, and this time, we offer you a very nice menu to enjoy with your partner before experiencing the amazing show they have prepared for you.

Duration: 3 hours and 40 minutes starting at 7:00PM
Special Menu for this evening
Details on this special event for February 14th, here.


Moulin Rouge Valentine Dinner/Show, Feb 14 and 15


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As you and most people around the world know, the Moulin Rouge must be one of the most iconic cabarets in Paris these days. Valentine’s day is no exception at the time on offering a very nice and spectacular experience to enjoy with your couple during this special night and also for the 15th.

Duration: 3 hours and 30 minutes starting at 19:00 (7:00PM)
Special Menu for this evening
More details from here

I hope you like our choices for you to enjoy in this very special date, for sure, any of your selection will be the best choice, because of course, the best experience will be done by you and your loved one, you will be the “main attraction” during this very special night in this very special city.

Happy  Valentine’s Day!!!

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