Christian churches - be they Protestant, Orthodox, or Catholic - are a vital part of Europe’s cultural, artistic, architectural, and religious heritage, and as such you are likely (and I really recommend doing this:)) ) to visit many of them. However, most of them are even today not only major tourist attractions, but also religious sites where people come to pray. This is something to be respected, and here are several pieces of advice I would like to give that might help avoid ill-feeling:
- Dress modestly, covering shoulders and most part of the legs (women in Orthodox churches might be requested to put on something to cover the head);
- Do not speak loudly - all the descriptions are better either read in silence or given outside;
- Try not to walk too much during the service;
- Avoid using flash in your camera near people you see praying;
- Respect notes that forbid entrance to some parts of the church that are designated as ‘for prayer only’.
Following these simple guidelines helped me when I visited, I guess, more than 1000 churches up to date:)))
When you enter in the Cathedral you will find at your left a lot of red candles with a few texts in each group of them.
They are offered to certain saints asking for some favours and prays.
People buy the candle in a nearby counter, and light the candle to the saint they choose.
They make a very aesthetic image in those dark gothic churches...
CATEDRAL DE BARCELONA. The church was begun in 1298, but facade was not completed until 19th century. The cathedral is dedicated to Santa Eulalia, martyred by the Romans for daring to prefer Christianity, and her tomb rests in a crypt beneath the high altar. The cathedral’s magnificent 14th-century cloister has magnolias and palm trees growing in the middle and ...gees waddling around the periphery. If they disturb the tranquility of the scene, they do so for a purpose - the geese have been kept here for over 500 years to reflect the virginity of Santa Eulalia.
At noon on Sunday you can see 'sardana', a Catalonian folk dance, performed in front of the cathedral.
In many churches in Barcellona I found this nice coloured candles offered for devotion. I am used to monochrome one (red or white mostly) and I liked a lot these.
la sagrada familia , we took the stairs up , better u never met a guy , who's coming down , too small , at top a great view