According to court testimony given by one of the suspects in last week’s attacks, the cell had originally planned to detonate vans filled with explosives at three crowded sites, including Gaudí’s spectacular church.
I find that crossing the narthex of a cathedral is like starting a great book: You simply aren’t in your home world anymore.
You might say that Antoni Gaudí was an architect of the cloth. From 1883 until his death in 1926, the Catalonian master oversaw the construction of the Roman Catholic basilica Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.
On April 19, Barcelona’s iconic Sagrada Familia Basilica, designed by famed architect Antoni Gaudi, caught fire. A fire burned inside the structure for over 45 minutes before firefighters could put it out, destroying the church’s sacristy and badly damaging the crypt.