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Virtual Tour of Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

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Darren Hesford says:
"If there is one "must see" thing in Barcelona it has to be the Sagrada Familia. Its construction was started in 1882 and it is estimated that there is still another 30 years left till its completion. As Barcelona's signature landmark it has to be one of the most remarkable buildings in the world. I would recommend taking the guided tour as it reveals the bigger picture that Antonio Gaudi had in mind when he designed the cathedral and points out the history and some of the lovely hidden gems of architecture that would otherwise be over looked, like the carved stone turtle representing the sea supporting the base of a column and the Stone Tortoise at the base of the opposite coloumn representing the land and mountains. If you decide not to take the tour then here a couple of tips: Don't miss the basement, it is full of fantastic incites into how the cathedral was designed, including a plaster workshop where people are actually making scale carvings that will eventually be used as templates by the stone masons in its future construction and also if you want to avoid the long queues to go up the towers you can go to the other side of the cathedral "the older part" and find a lift there with little or no queue, unfortunately there isn't a lift to bring you back down in this side so you have to use the stairs to walk down (not for the faint hearted). A fantastic and memorable place and still only about half its finished height, Prepare to be amazed !"
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