Barcelona's Sagrada Familia cathedral played host to a memorial mass for the victims of the Barcelona attacks.

Unity and defiance at memorial mass for Barcelona victims

Updated 5:54 AM ET, Mon August 21, 2017

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Barcelona, Spain (CNN)It's 8 a.m. on Sunday, and as tired partygoers spill out of Barcelona's nightclubs, a line is forming at Antoni Gaudi's spectacular Sagrada Familia cathedral -- the jewel in Barcelona's crown.

But these visitors aren't gathering for a tour; instead they're waiting to take part in a memorial mass, honoring the victims of a deadly terror attack just a mile away, on the bustling Las Ramblas promenade, the beating heart of a city now in mourning.
Thirteen people were killed and more than 100 injured when a terror suspect mowed down passers-by in the street early Thursday evening.
Meera Andrews, center, waits in line to attend the memorial mass at Sagrada Familia cathedral on Sunday, August 20.
A woman at the front of the queue cools herself off with a black lace fan. Beside her, a man in a crisp white shirt and fedora peers up at a statue of Jesus on the cross.
"This is something we've both wanted to see for a long time," says Meera Andrews, who is visiting the city on holiday from Wellington, New Zealand. The couple had planned to attend the 9 o'clock mass, then realized regular services had been canceled for the memorial.
A group of nuns go through security at Sagrada Familia.