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La Familia Cathedral, Barcelona, Spain

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The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (official Catalan name; Spanish: Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia; "Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family"), often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive, privately-funded Roman Catholic church that has been under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain since 1882 and is expected to continue until at least 2026. Considered the master-work of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project's vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona's (and Spain's) top tourist attractions for many years. A portion of the building's interior is scheduled to open for public worship and tours by September of 2010.
Western Facade of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
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The Sagrada Familia was designed by Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), who worked on the project for over 40 years. Gaudi devoted the last 15 years of his life entirely to the endeavor. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2026. On the subject of the extremely long construction period, Gaudí is said to have remarked, "My client is not in a hurry." After Gaudí's death in 1926, work continued under the direction of Domènech Sugranyes until interrupted by the Spanish Civil War in 1936. Parts of the unfinished church and Gaudí's models and workshop were destroyed during the war by Catalan anarchists. The present design is based on reconstructed versions of the lost plans as well as on modern adaptations. Since 1940 the architects Francesc Quintana, Isidre Puig Boada, Lluís Bonet i Gari and Francesc Cardoner have carried on the work. The current director and son of Lluís Bonet, Jordi Bonet i Armengol, has been introducing computers into the design and construction process since the 1980s. Mark Burry of New Zealand serves as Executive Architect and Researcher. Sculptures by J. Busquets, Etsuro Sotoo and the controversial Josep Subirachs decorate the fantastical façades.
According to the newspaper El Periódico de Catalunya, 2.26 million people visited the partially built church in 2004, making it one of the most popular attractions in Spain. The central nave vaulting was completed in 2000 and the main tasks since then have been the construction of the transept vaults and apse. As of 2006, work concentrates on the crossing and supporting structure for the main tower of Jesus Christ as well as the southern enclosure of the central nave which will become the Glory façade. View photo gallery

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Eurostars Monumental Eurostars Monumental Hotel, Barcelona
The Eurostars Monumental is located in the center of the Eixample District in Barcelona, Spain. The hotel is 500 meters from Sagrada Familia, the unfinished cathedral designed by Antoni Gaudi. The Gothic Quarter, Picasso Museum and shopping at Las Ramblas are within three miles of the hotel. Olympic Village and Barceloneta Beach are six kilometers away.  Patterned marble floors, red chairs and modern lighting accent the hotel's lobby. Buffet-style breakfasts are available daily, while drinks are served in the bar. The hotel's sun terrace offers views of Barcelona. Room service is available 24 hours a day.  Although the hotel faces a busy street, guestrooms are soundproofed to minimize distractions from inside and outside.  Guestrooms at the Eurostars Gaudi are decorated with wood floors and contemporary artwork.
Hotel Europark, Barcelona
The Hotel EuroPark is located in the centre of Barcelona, Spain, four blocks from the designer stores of the famous Passeig de Gracia, and 800 metres from Gaudi's Sagrada Familia.  A striking contemporary hotel, the EuroPark features a roof terrace with an open-air swimming pool and solarium. Complimentary wireless Internet access is also available. Secure parking is available.  The Hotel EuroPark's Euro-Bar offers hot and cold snacks, tapas, cakes, alcoholic and soft drinks.  Breakfast is available (surcharge).  Room service is also available.  The 105 guestrooms all feature sleek, avant-garde decor and furnishings in glass, stainless steel, and striking lacquered wood. Amenities include satellite television, direct-dial phones, complimentary wireless Internet access, minibars, safes, and bathrooms with hair dryers, telephones, and complimentary toiletries. 
Hotel Medium Abalon, Barcelona
The Medium Abalon is a modern hotel with a white façade and is situated in front of one the beautiful Hospital de Sant Pau, two kilometres from Barcelona city centre. The modernist buildings, pavement cafes, shops and restaurants of Passeig de Gracia are one kilometre away. Other attractions include Gaudi's Sagrada Familia Cathedral, 300 metres away, and Parc Guell, 850 metres from the hotel.  The breakfast and coffee room provides a relaxing setting with a simple modern white decor and tiled floor. Guests with laptops can check email throughout the hotel thanks to Internet. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can help with sightseeing information and restaurant bookings.  This five storey hotel features 40 guestrooms, all of which have simple modern decor with black furnishings.
Hotel Omm, Barcelona
The hotel is 100 metres from La Pedrera, the Casa Mila designed by renowned architect Gaudi, and Passeig de Gracia's wide boulevards and boutiques. The lively promenades of Las Ramblas, the Gothic quarter and La Sagrada Familia Cathedral are all within one kilometre. The Diagonal metro station is 100 metres from the hotel. Moo Restaurant is decorated in black-and-white tones with contemporary art and serves local Catalan specialties and fine wines. Moovida Restaurant offers seasonal Mediterranean cuisine. Guests can take in panoramic city views and drinks at the poolside bar with roof terrace. The Omm hotel's nightclub stages live performances and music. The rooftop pool has wooden decking, and a terrace with views of Gaudi's Casa Mila. The health centre includes massage areas, water treatments and hair salon. Decorated in light, neutral colours with modern furnishings, the Omm hotel's 91 air-conditioned guestrooms have balconies and parquet floors.

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