One of Spain’s most famous landmarks, the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, has reopened its doors to visitors for the first time since it was closed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
For the first few days, access to the soaring facility will be granted only to those who have helped fight the virus in the city, including health workers and police officers.
The next phase will see Barcelona residents gain free access to the building, designed by the Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi.
Gaudì’s still unfinished masterpiece is the most visited building in Spain, attracting around 4.5 million people in a normal year.
Opening up to a limited number of key workers on Saturday meant that expulsion could be followed, while visitors also wore masks.
For the past three months, the Sagrada Familia has been empty of visitors due to restrictions in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Tourists will be able to return later, which has yet to be announced.
On Friday, a large-scale cleaning operation took place at the popular tourist attraction before reopening.
Spain has recorded over 250,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 28,385 deaths related to Covid-19, according to the latest data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
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