12/09/2017 20:38 BST | Updated 12/09/2017 21:03 BST

Barcelona's Sagrada Familia Evacuated After Bomb Squad Check 'False Alarm'

16 people killed on city’s Las Ramblas last month.

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Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Barcelona’s world-famous Sagrada Familia was evacuated after a bomb squad checked a van parked next to the church that turned out to be a false alarm.

On Tuesday, police said on Twitter they had cordoned off the Sagrada Familia and asked people to avoid the area while the operation is carried out.

It tweeted:

“If you live near Sagrada Família do not leave your home or go to bed. Stay calm and follow official information. We are working to restore normality.”

But police later said there were no explosives found in the suspicious van.

Sky News

Barcelona was hit by attacks last month when militant Islamists drove a van down the city’s Las Ramblas boulevard and carried out a follow-up attack in a nearby resort town, killing 16 people in total.

The Sagrada Familia, designed by Spanish architect Antoni Gaudi, attracts millions of tourists from around the world every year.