Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia Cathedral receives 3.23 million visitors

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Sagrada Familia

Sagrada Familia

The Sagrada Familia in Barcelona received 3.23 million visitors in 2012, a 1% increase over the previous year. 87% of all visitors were foreigners.

The majority of visitors came from Europe, with 10% coming from Italy, 6% from Germany and just over 7% from the United Kingdom. The rest of the European visitors represented 12% of the total.

The United States and Canada come in with 12% and the Japanese at 3%, with China at less than 1% and the rest of Asian countries representing around 5%.

The remaining 12% are nationals, with 5% of the total catalans and around 8% from other regions of Spain.

The Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family; commonly known as the Sagrada Família, is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

Construction began in 1882 (130 years ago!) and is expected to be finished some time in the first third of the 21st century.

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