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A Spanish cathedral chosen by 'The Guardian' among the best in Europe... Do you know which one it is?
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  • 08/02/2022
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A Spanish cathedral chosen by 'The Guardian' among the best in Europe... Do you know which one it is?

The journalist for the newspaper 'The Guardian', Simon Jenkins, has made a list of the best cathedrals on the old continent, including one located in Spain. The paradox is that the chosen one is not a cathedral so far: the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

This choice is going to bring a queue, although no one doubts the magnitude and grandeur of the work done by Antonio Gaudí, one of the geniuses of architecture. The construction located in Barcelona is still unfinished and, as Jenkins points out, "it has everything" to be a cathedral.

"One of the most remarkable structures in Europe"

This is how Simon Jenkins defined it, who also points out that it is "almost complete", because when he visited the Sagrada Familia years ago, only a shell of walls and the towers were built under the scaffolding. "It's one of the most remarkable structures in Europe," he admits. Within the list, it is the only one unfinished.

The interior of the Sagrada Familia defines it as a "soaring" building with snow caps and pillars, all dotted with the colors of the stained glass windows. "For the visitor the problem is finding space on the floor to lie down and look up, because it is crowded with visitors." It must be remembered that the construction was designed by Josep Bocadabella, "an eccentric Catalan editor", defined by Jenkins, and designed by Gaudí in 1883.

Antonio Gaudí was killed in 1926 by a tram in his native Barcelona, ​​but he left this legacy which, for Jenkins, is "an affirmation of traditional Catholicism against modernism".

List of cathedrals by 'The Guardian'

  1. Notre Dame (France)
  2. Cologne (Germany)
  3. Durham (UK)
  4. Milano, Italy)
  5. Amiens (France)
  6. Saint John (Netherlands)
  7. Strasbourg (France)
  8. Eli (UK)
  9. Exeters (UK)
  10. Antwerp (Belgium)
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