Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
28 April 2011 12:36
The scene after a fire broke out inside the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona (AP)
Hundreds of tourists have been evacuated after a fire was started inside Barcelona's famous Sagrada Familia basilica.
Police said the suspected arson attack caused significant damage to the sacristy at one of Spain's most popular tourist attractions.
Around 1,500 people were evacuated from the site, with four requiring treatment for smoke inhalation.
While Barcelona is known as a safe destination for tourists, the incident highlights the importance of purchasing
travel insurance to provide peace of mind in case of unexpected events.
Tourists saw smoke coming from inside the sacristy, raised the alarm and the suspected arsonist was arrested.
The sacristy is where priests put on their vestments in preparation for Mass. The arsonist set fire to vestments that were stored there.
Police said he had a lighter and pieces of fabric that could be used to start a fire, and the fire itself caused significant damage, including a chair that was burned.
The Sagrada Familia is the unfinished masterpiece of architect Antoni Gaudi and is one of the top draws in Spain, receiving more than two million visitors a year.
The towering basilica was a church until it was consecrated by the Pope during a visit to Barcelona in November.
Gaudi was a Catholic who largely dedicated his life to the project. Construction of the church began in 1882, and Gaudi died in 1926.
21 October 2016
A union is warning of travel chaos over the Christmas period at four major UK airports, unless a baggage carrier transfers staff to other companies.
20 October 2016
Thousands of passengers faced travel chaos yesterday after rail service through the Channel Tunnel was suspended because of a power failure.
19 October 2016
People planning holidays from Gatwick Airport in the run up to Christmas could face travel chaos as unions threaten to strike over a pension dispute.
18 October 2016
Eurostar has said it will cut 12 services from London St Pancras to Paris and Brussels.
15 October 2016
Tourists in Thailand are being advised to "behave respectfully" and wear "sombre" clothing as the country mourns King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
14 October 2016
Holidaymakers are being warned to buy currency in advance as exchange rates being offered are as little as 0.96 euro to the pound at airports.
13 October 2016
Scientists say there is strong evidence air pollution and vitamin D deficiency can cause dementia.
12 October 2016
More people are going on holiday than at any time in the past five years despite terror attacks and the impact of Brexit, according to a study.
11 October 2016
People from across North Carolina had to be rescued from their homes as the downgraded Hurricane Matthew blew out to sea - leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.
04 October 2016
People travelling abroad is on the rise, according to the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
08 October 2016
A hurricane pelting the coast of Florida and described as a 'monster' by a local official has brought chaos to the state, with flights cancelled, homes evacuated and theme parks shut.
07 October 2016
Low-cost airline easyJet says its profits will nosedive as terrorist attacks and air traffic control strikes are taking their toll on the company.