Arson damages Barcelona's Sagrada Familia basilica
April 20, 2011
Barcelona's famous Sagrada Familia basilica was severely damaged by fire on April 19 in an arson attack.
The basilica--the unfinished masterpiece of the architect Antoni Gaudi--was evacuated after a fire that began in the sacristy sent smoke billowing through the building. No serious injuries were reported.
Witnesses said that the fire began when a man entered the sacristy, splashed vestments with some flammable liquid, and set them ablaze.
The incident is one of several troubling attacks on Catholic churches in Spain in recent weeks.
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