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Pandemic delays completion of Spain’s Sagrada Familia beyond 2026

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By Joan Faus BARCELONA (Reuters) – Souvenir shops are mostly closed and only a few tourists gaze at Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia, a stark contrast from the hordes of visitors before the pandemic, but the board running Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished basilica hopes that will change soon. It will reopen from May 29 on weekend mornings after closing in October, hoping to benefit from the easing of coronavirus restrictions and expected tourism recovery in Spain, the world’s second-most visited country before the pandemic. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has been hit hard by the collapse of international t…

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