Must explain about the two sqaures, Placa del Pi and Placa de Sant Josep Oriol.
We arrived in the sqaure Placa de Sant Josep Oriol which is on the side of the church Santa Maria del Pi. From there we saw that in the front of the church was another square with a small open air market and THAT SQUARE was called Placa del Pi. So we had TWO SQUARES with corners touching and the church actually fronts on the Pi Square.
The church itself, when we entered, was disappointing, very simple, but we did like the facade and especially the huge circular stained glass window above the arched entrance.
The Market was mostly specialized farm produce, like honey, or organic fruit, nuts, wine and even some cheeses.
Favorite thing: Placa del pi (pine tree) is one of the most cosy little squares in the Gothic quarter.. its a huge square split in two where just in the middle there is the gothic church ... so beautiful... little stalls and trendy shops are spread along and across the square ...also a condom shop and bar terraces ...above all in summer time when its really nice to drink sth there listening to errand musicians
This is a picture of the Barcelona´s Cathedral of Santa Eulalia,built between 13th-15th centuries.Located in the Barri Gotic.Is another beautiful building and don't hesitate to go inside and take a look,it has a lot of nice small chapels also.
I just show you the top of the Cathedral because during my last visit,they were making some construction works in the exterior of the Cathedral and it was all the beautiful facade full of scaffolding as you can see on the picutre and don't looks very nice.
Fondest memory: We walked from Las Ramblas through the Gothic Quarter and found ourselves here, at the cathedral. I have a memory of a street band playing in an alley nearby, and the acoustics were perfect! We couldn't resist buying one of their homemade CD's, they were that good!
Fondest memory: So there I was, enjoying a moment of quiet solitude atop beautiful Montjuic Park, when all of a sudden....BOOM! It sounded like someone firing a shotgun but something told me there were no hunting grounds nearby. I followed the sound of a couple more booms and found it coming from an unexpected fireworks display out over the waters of the Mediterranean Sea. I don't know why they were doing it, perhaps it had to do with ongoing New Year's festivities. Like many digital cameras mine has significant shutter lag, making 'action' shots nearly impossible. Yet, with a bit of remarkable luck I was able to capture one firework just as it exploded in a burst of white lights.
Favorite thing: Explore BARCELONA CATHEDRAL if you're into anything Romaneque & gothic. Robby, take note, this is for your next visit. Barcelona Cathedral was not finished until late 19th century. The twin bell tower dated from 1386 while the main facade was not completed until 1889!
Favorite thing: Barcelona Cathedral, located in the Gothic Quarter.It has 28 side chapels that encircle the nave and contain some very nice Baroque altar pieces.It is sometimes called 'The Church of the Dancing Egg'
Favorite thing: You must feast your eyes on the oldest church in Barcelona. Built in the 1400's, the gothic style Eglesia Catedral de la Santa Creu, is quite the show piece. Also, it has some great steps out front to rest on after hours of sight seeing!