Pope visit Barcelona 2010

Pope's visit Barcelona Sunday 7th November 2010

Pope Benedict XVI visited Barcelona on 7th November 2010 to preside at the consecration of the unfinished Sagrada Familia temple in Barcelona. Pope Benedict XVI consecrated Antoni Gaudi's unfinished church, the Sagrada Familia, as a basilica.

Before coming to Barcelona the Pope (el Papa) visited the shrine of Santiago de Compostela on 6th November 2010.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, said that one purpose of the Pope's trip to Barcelona would be to 'underline the dialogue between faith and art.'

The Sagrada Familia (which means Holy Family) temple is the unfinished masterpiece of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. This is the third visit to Spain by Pope Benedict since his election.  In Spanish the pope is called "El Papa Benedicto XVI" and in Catalan "El Papa Benet XVI." 

This was a massive event with 11 blocks around the temple closed to traffic from Saturday 6 November to Monday 8 November 2010 at 6 am.

6,000 spectators watched the service inside the temple and a further 36.000 seats were available outside La Sagrada Familia for spectators to watch on big screens.

Thousands lined the route of the Popemobile as it drove through Barcelona on 7th November.

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