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For two days, 60 Spanish clients of Amorim Revestimentos visited Portugal, where they had an opportunity to become better acquainted with the company, its products and its business strategy in the Spanish market, as well as the product ranges on sale in this country.

The programme included a brief stop at Amorim & Irmãos, a cork stopper factory, and a visit to the premises of Amorim Revestimentos.

A recreational facet was provided by a boat trip on the Douro River, a visit to Graham's Port Wine cellars and a dinner at Freixo Palace.

The aim of the initiative was for Amorim Revestimentos to affirm itself as a major player in the Spanish market, offering a unique range of innovative, distinctive and modern floor and wall coverings.

Amorim Floorings in the Sagrada Família in Barcelona

It is Barcelona's crowning jewel and one of the most popular monuments in the entire world, visited by millions of tourists every year. The Sagrada Família, designed by Catalan architect Gaudí and regarded by many as his greatest work, is a Catholic temple of imposing grandiosity and breathtaking Architecture.

From now on, anyone visiting the Sagrada Família who enters the temple's crypt will be walking on a floor which is "made in Portugal", more specifically by Amorim Revestimentos.

The Wicanders® product range, namely the Corkcomfort line, which combines a feeling of comfort with the refined appearance of cork, was chosen to be a part of this imposing project, led by architect Jordi Bonet i Armengol. In addition to the abovementioned features in terms of comfort and appearance, the capacity for acoustic absorption provided by the use of cork in Wicanders® coverings was a determining factor in the choice of the Corkcomfort range due to its huge importance in a project of this magnitude.

Around 2000 m2 of Corkcomfort Glue-down with a high-traffic varnish finish cover the floor of the crypt, a part of the temple declared a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO.

Begun in 1882, the Sagrada Família is still under construction, and is expected to be finished in 2026, the centenary year of Gaudí's death.

This year, another important milestone was added to the long history of this Catholic temple in Barcelona. The central nave of the Sagrada Família Basilica was completed and opened to the public. It was consecrated on 7 November by Pope Benedict XVI.