Benedict the XVI visit to Barcelona

Pope Benedict XVI will arrive to Barcelona on November 6th following his visit to Santiago de Compostela coinciding with Santiago de Compostela Holy Year.

The Pope Benedict XVI will preside the consecration of Barcelona’s Cathedral La Sagrada Familia (officially called Expiatory Temple of the Holy Family) and a mass will be celebrated at 10am on November 7th.

During his visit, Pope Benedict XVI will hold a private meeting with the King and Queen of Spain.

The Pope will travel in his vehicle the route between the Archbishop’s residence and the Sagrada Família. Benedict XVI will leave Avinduda Catedral, go up Via Laietana, Carrer Pau Claris, along Carrer Diputació up to Carrer Marina to the Sagrada Familia.

The police will close the roads of the route to traffic from 8am on Sunday 7th November. The City Council has announced that major public transport and traffic alterations in the city during the Pope’s visit will take place.

Barcelona City Council estimates that Pope’s visit will generate €39.8 million to the city’s economy with more than half of this amount coming from money spent by visitors (accommodation, restaurants, shopping, transport, …).

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