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FAMILIA AREA, BARCELONA FEATURED HOTELS
|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.
|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.
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Barcelona Hotel, Barcelona
The 987 Barcelona Hotel
is a listed heritage building situated in Barcelona city centre, 500 metres
from the main shopping street of Paseo de Gracia and one kilometre from
Catalunya Square. The bar serves a selection of cocktails and long
drinks. Guests can relax over cappuccinos in the café, surf the
Internet, or unwind in the massage-treatment room. The concierge
can help plan sightseeing trips around the city. Further amenities include
an express check-in/out service, business centre and airport transfers.
Restaurant 987 Barcelona serves a wide selection of Mediterranean food
in a relaxed setting. The 92 air-conditioned guestrooms are decorated in
a sleek contemporary style with colourful fabrics and matching decor.
Amenities include cable television, wireless Internet, CD players, direct-dial
phones, minibars, safes, and refrigerators.
Gaudi Hotel, Barcelona
The Eurostars Gaudi 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.
Sagrada Familia Sport & Spa, Barcelona
The Hesperia Sagrada Familia
Sport & Spa is located in Barcelona, one block from Gaudi's Sagrada
Familia temple, one kilometre from the Placa de Catalunya, and 1.5 kilometres
from the historic Barri Gotic. The hotel has a contemporary facade,
and offers a multilingual staff and a front desk open around the clock.
Stays at the hotel include per person, per stay access to the Metropolitan
Sagrada Familia, a sports centre with the latest in equipment spread out
over 7,000 square metres. The sports centre includes a swimming pool, fitness
rooms, Turkish bath, and cycling rooms. It also has a spa area with treatments
and massages, as well as a solarium. Audio-visual equipment is available,
and there is complimentary wireless Internet available in the air-conditioned
public areas. Breakfast is served for a surcharge. Guests must be
at least 17 to enter Metropolitan Sagrada Familia sport centre.
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.
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.
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.
STATION AREA FEATURED HOTELS, BARCELONA
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Sants (also known as Estació de Sants) is the name of the main
railway station in Barcelona, operated by RENFE. It has become the Catalan
capital's most important transportation hub - being the centre of commuter
(Rodalies Barcelona) and medium-distance train services, as well as the
main inter-city train station for national and international destinations.
The station is named after Sants, the neighbourhood of Barcelona in which
it is located. New parts of the station have recently been reformed on
the occasion of the introduction of the Spanish high-speed train AVE in
the city, which took place on 20 February 2008. There is also an adjacent
international bus station by the same name.
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AB Viladomat, Barcelona
The Hotel AB Viladomat in
Barcelona is set in an imposing glass-fronted high-rise building in the
heart of Barcelona's Eixample district, just two kilometers from Plaza
de Catalunya and close to the main Sants railway station. The hotel restaurant
serves daily specials and Mediterranean dishes, featuring Catalonian produce,
and guests can enjoy coffee and cocktails in the AB Bar. Additional amenities
at the AB Viladomat include the meeting rooms, a non-smoking floor and
parking facilities. At the Hotel AB Viladomat, Barcelona, guests
can also make use of the information desk, where staff can offer help in
booking sightseeing trips and restaurants. The hotel has 81 modern
and light-filled double rooms, decorated with restful yellow, blue and
peach tones, and featuring wooden floors and cedar furniture.
AC Sants, Barcelona
The AC Sants is located
in Barcelona, Spain, adjacent to Sants station, three kilometres from the
centre of the city, and four kilometres from the Sagrada Familia church.
The modern lobby area features modular furnishings in grey tones, Internet
access (surcharge), and a 24-hour front desk. There is a business
centre and a concierge desk, and the meeting room is suitable for up to
90 people. Breakfast is served for a surcharge, and room service
is available around the clock. AC Sants' 78 guestrooms are air-conditioned
and feature modern furnishings. Amenities include satellite television,
complimentary Internet access, minibars, desks, and minibars.
Barceló Sants, Barcelona
The modern Barceló
Hotel Sants is located in central Barcelona, Spain, above Sants Metro and
train station. The hotel is 500 metres from Catalonia Congress Palace convention
centre and Fira de Barcelona exhibition centre. Placa Espanya square and
the lively promenades of Las Ramblas are within two-and-a-half kilometres.
Mediterranean and Catalan cuisine is served at the Michelin-starred El
Bistrot de Sants. Guests can order dishes including cod with anchovy oil
and sweet tomatoes. The restaurant has wood panelling and large windows
with park and city views. La Cantina L'Estacio offers tapas and buffet-style
cuisine. The Cyber Corner features computers with high-speed Internet
access (surcharge) and facilities for faxing, photocopying and printing.
The hotel has a fitness centre with free weights and cardiovascular machines.
Gran Derby, Barcelona
The Gran Derby Hotel is
a townhouse property situated in the centre of Barcelona, 500 metres from
Las Ramblas and 800 metres from Barcelona Sants train station. Guests
can swim in the outdoor pool, relax beside it on a sun bed, or chat over
drinks in the bar. The concierge can help plan sightseeing tours,
or guests can research local attractions using wireless Internet. Practical
amenities include a 24-hour front desk, on site parking, and 24-hour room
service. The business centre offers conference and banqueting facilities
for up to 150 delegates. Gran Derby Hotel serves lunch and dinner
in The Times restaurant. The bar also offers a wide selection of drinks,
cocktails and tapas. The 41 air-conditioned guestrooms are individually
decorated in a contemporary style in neutral tones with designer furnishings.
Medium Prisma, Barcelona
The Hotel Prisma is a modern
property in Barcelona's Eixample area, 200 metres from Francesc Macia Square
and 500 metres from Sants Station. Montjuic Palace and the Nou Camp Football
Stadium are all a kilometre away from the hotel and Placa de Catalunya
and Las Ramblas boulevard are around three kilometres away. Multilingual
staff at the 24-hour front desk can help book any shows or restaurants
around Barcelona. Internet access is available. Guests can relax in the
lobby which features bright modern furnishings and a coffee machine. An
elevator facilitates access to all rooms. Although there is no restaurant
in the hotel the surrounding area has a variety of dining options.
This three storey hotel features 27 guestrooms, all of which include bright
modern decor in light colours with tiled floors.
Sercotel Abbot is a modern
hotel set in central Barcelona, just 500 metres from Sants Station and
two kilometres from Gaudi's stunning Casa Milà. Guests can start
by browsing the complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and plan sightseeing
activities using the wireless Internet access available throughout the
hotel. Multilingual staff at the 24-hour front desk can provide tour assistance
and make any bookings for sightseeing trips and tours. Bicycles and scooters
can be hired from reception, while other practical amenities include dry
cleaning services, laundry facilities and a parking garage. This six-floor
property features 42 air-conditioned guestrooms decorated in light decor
in natural colours with patterned fabrics and modern wood furnishings.
All offer televisions, telephones, wireless Internet, safes, and minibars
with complimentary water.
AUGUSTA AREA, BARCELONA FEATURED HOTELS
|Via Augusta (also known as
Via Herculea or Via Exterior) was a Roman road crossing all the Hispania
Province, from Cádiz in the southern tip of current Spain, to the
Coll de Panissars, where it crossed the Pyrenees close to the Mediterranean
Sea, and joined the Via Domitia. The road stretched around 1,500 km (around
1,000 miles), passing through the cities of Gades (Cádiz), Carthago
Nova (Cartagena), Valentia (Valencia), Saguntum (Sagunto), Tarraco (Tarragona),
(Barcelona), and Gerunda (Girona). It had branches passing through
Hispalis (Seville) (where it joined the Via Lusitanorum), Córdoba,
and Emerita Augusta (Mérida). The road was named after Emperor Augustus,
who ordered it renovated between 8 BC and 2 BC. It was mainly a commercial
road. Its path is currently followed by the N-340 road and the A-7 highway.
North of Tarragona there remains a Roman Triumphal arch, the Arc de Berà,
around which the road divides. At Martorell, the ancient Via crosses the
river Llobregat on the impressive Devil's bridge which dates from the High
Middle Ages in its current form.
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Hotel Irla, Barcelona
This lovely 4 star hotel
is located in one of the city's sophisticated and commercial areas. Housed
in a new building that offers all the services with the highest comfort
and design, the AC Irla has everything the discriminating traveler could
want. With an agreeable avant-garde design, with touches of the Eighties,
the hotel offers a complete buffet breakfast of first-rate products. Because
of its location, on the first floor, it’s the perfect place for a calm
breakfast. Another very comfortable option is the hotel’s twenty-four hour
room service. We want our guests to be in good shape to enjoy their stay.
We therefore provide a free Fitness Centre, where you will find Bodybuilding
equipment, exercise benches, turkish bath, sauna, television and mini Hi-Fi
system, as well as a selection of mineral waters, all offered free of charge.
Husa Tres Torres, Barcelona
The Hotel Husa Tres Torres
in Barcelona, set in a quiet residential area of the city, is conveniently
located a few minutes from the city center. The hotel offers easy access
to the city's main ring roads, known as "rondas," as well as its motorways.
The Hotel Husa Tres Torres sits nearby the shopping area of Diagonal-Pedralbes,
a leisure and entertainment center in Barcelona with cinemas and a gymnasium,
along with the University area and neighborhood of private hospitals and
clinics. The Hotel Husa Tres Torres, Barcelona, houses a restaurant that
serves both lunch and dinner. Parking is available for a fee, and the 24-hour
front desk can provide a safe-deposit box and room service. The 56 guestrooms
at the Hotel Husa Tres Torres feature minibars, satellite television, telephones
and in-room safes.
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Sagrada Familia - Past And Future by Mike McDougall
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La Sagrada Familia can be
found in Barcelona, in Catalonia in Spain and is renowned as Antoni Gaudi's
Although thought of as a
cathedral, it is in fact, a basilica - the cathedral in Barcelona is the
Cathedral of Santa Eulalia.
Gaudi was handed the project
in 1884, but only after the founding association and the original choice
of architect Francesc del Villar had irreconcilable disagreements with
those behind the project.
went back to the drawing board and came back with a completely new design.
He worked on the project for more than 40 years and during the last 15
years of his life, he devoted his entire efforts to it.
As the building began to
take shape, and reach further and further into the sky, the building began
to take on a much talked about fantastical shape and the now world famous
four spike shaped towers were crowned with geometrically shaped tops that
were most likely influenced by the Cubist movement. The complicated decorations
covering the basilica are rooted firmly with Art Nouveau styles.
Unfortunately, in 1926, before
La Sagrada Familia could be completed, Antoni Gaudi died. The iconic towers
were originally intended to be three times higher than they were. At this
time, the Spanish Civil War broke out and parts of the unfinished basilica
and Gaudi's models and workshop were destroyed. No plans were left for
the completion of the building and since then, work has continued on it
with a variety of different architects, including Francesc Quintana and
Lluis Gari. Famous sculptors such as J. Busquets and the controversial
Josep Subirachs have work decorating the facades.
Work has continued on La
Sagrada Familia with the original plans being reconstructed from historical
notes and adapting it to modern times.
Gaudi intended, every part of the basilica's design is rich with Christian
symbolism. He wanted the church to be "the last great sanctuary of Christendom".
In all, there will be 18 of the striking towers, representing in ascending
order of height, the 12 Apostles, the four Evangelists, the Virgin Mary,
and tallest of all - Jesus Christ. The four Evangelists towers will be
topped with their traditional symbols, an angel, a bull an eagle and a
lion - representing St Luke, St Matthew, St Mark and St John accordingly.
The tallest tower will be surmounted by a huge cross.
There will be three grand
facades - the Nativity, the Passion and the unfinished Glory façade.
The Passion façade includes strikingly emaciated figures of Christ
being whipped and crucified and the doors on this façade reproduce
words from the Bible in various languages, including Catalan, and the Glory
façade is to be decorated with words from the Apostle's Creed.
La Sagrada Familia was the
most popular tourist attraction in the whole of Spain in 2004 with 2.26
million people visiting the unfinished building.
It is hoped that, with the
advent of quicker building technology than in the 1900's when La Sagrada
Familia was started, it will be finished in 2026 - the centenary of Gaudi's
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About the Author - Mike McDougall
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Spain [Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Sevilla], Argentina and Costa Rica.
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