This is the front view of Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazón de Jesús del Tibidabo (Expiatory Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus). A long name for an impressive architecture realization in an incredible place which is the Tibidabo Hill, Barcelona.
The idea of building a temple on the summit of the Tibidabo Mountain emerged in the late 19th century to the rumors about the construction of a Protestant church and a hotel-casino, with what a "Board of Catholic Knights" acquire the ownership of the field giving it in 1886 to Saint John Bosco, while was visiting Barcelona then invited by Dorotea de Chopitea great patron and promoter of the project. There arose the idea of a temple dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, dedication very popular at that time thanks to the impetus of the Pope Pius IX, and in line with the church built in Rome by Bosco itself (Sacro Cuore di Gesù a Castro Pretorio) and the famous Sacré-Cœur in Paris.
In 1886 its built a neo Gothic hermitage, and two years later, during the Universal Exposition urbanizing the Vallvidrera road and built the hermitage beside a pavilion of Mudejar inspiration, which served as lookout, then struck. However, the project suffered a significant delay mainly due to the occurrence of a new project to build an astronomical observatory on the summit of Tibidabo, which finally made on a nearby hill (Fabra Observatory). Finally, on December 28, 1902 placed the first stone in a ceremony presided by the Bishop of Barcelona, Salvador Casañas i Pagès.
The church was built between 1915 and 1951, being consecrated by the Bishop Modrego in the 35th Eucharistic Congress held in Barcelona in 1952. Later made the towers, officially ending the works in 1961.
On October 29, 1961 received the title of minor basilica, given by Pope John XXIII.
This is an stitching of 12 photos (3 horizontal x 4 vertical in a square format).