A Magic Square in Barcelona

For those of you who are interested in magic squares, here’s a fun fact: There is a magic square on the front of the world-famous and awe-inspiring Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona, Spain, which was envisioned by Antoni Gaudi. I happened to spot it on a recent trip to this magnificent city.


The numbers add up to 33 in the usual ways, which is supposedly the age at which Jesus Christ was crucified.

Second fun fact: If you look closely, you will realize that the creator had to cheat a little bit to make the magic square work. The numbers 12 and 16 are missing, and instead, the 10 and the 14 make a double appearance!



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