Sagrada Família wins the 2020 Remarkable Venue Awards
published on 09.02.21
Sagrada Familia has won the Most Remarkable Venue award in the 2020 Remarkable Venue Awards of the Tiqets platform.
This year, in addition to announcing 42 regional winners in December, for the first time a consumer voting round has been held to choose the 7 best museums and attractions worldwide. These global winners were voted by more than 6,000 voters this January and will receive a Tiqets promotional package worth €10,000. Besides, the 42 regional winners also received a €5,000 marketing package to recover faster from the impact of Covid-19.
Among the nominees, four Catalan monuments were competing in different categories: the Sagrada Familia, Camp Nou, Casa Vicens, and the Dalí Museum in Figueres. The Sagrada Familia won the award for Most Remarkable Venue at Spanish level; the FC Barcelona stadium won in the category of Best Attraction; Casa Vicens won Best Emblematic Places, and the Dalí Museum won for Best Museum.
Apart from the Sagrada Familia, the overall winners in other categories were: Parco Giardino Sigurtà (Italy) for Best Attraction, Circo Maximo Experience (Italy) for Most Innovative Venue, Musée de la Vie Romantique (France) for Best Hidden Jewel, Van Gogh Museum (Netherlands) for Best Museum, Palazzo Ducale di Venezia (Italy) for Best Architectural Landmark and the Catacombs di San Gennaro (Italy) for Best Visiting Experience.
The Catalan nominees
The Sagrada Familia is probably the most emblematic monument in the city of Barcelona. It is a modernist work by the architect Antoni Gaudí, located in the Eixample district. Construction began in 1882, but to this day it remains unfinished. As an expiatory temple, until 1990 its construction was only carried out based on donations. It was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 and is the monument that receives the most visitors in Spain. The interior of the basilica resembles a magical forest rather than a church. It makes a great impression with its natural forms, its height, and the colored lights created by the stained-glass windows.
The Sagrada Família was not the only Gaudí monument nominated for the awards. Casa Vicens is Gaudí’s first important project. It is a modernist manor house located in the Gracia district of Barcelona.
Another Barcelona nominee was Camp Nou, the stadium where Futbol Club Barcelona plays. It is the largest stadium in Europe and one of the largest in the world. Although the initial name was “Estadi del FC Barcelona,” it was popularly known as Camp Nou (Campo Nuevo) to distinguish it from the old one. So much so that in the year 2000, the popular name was finally made official.
The Dalí Museum is in a building that was formerly the municipal theatre of Figueres. In the 1960s, Dalí announced the creation of the first surrealist museum on the remains of the old theatre. Since then, the museum has grown considerably as the artist expanded it until his death in 1989. This is why the building is part of his oeuvre and is considered the largest surrealist object in the world. The tower crowned by giant eggs certainly looks like something out of one of his paintings.