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    Sant Pau Del Camp

    by Oleg_D. Written May 19, 2014

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    Monastery of Sant Pau Del Camp or Saint Paul in the Field was founded by Guifre Borrel the Count of Barcelona during his rule between 897 and 911 A.D. We have that information from his gravestone found in the church in 1596. Moorish troops of notorious Al-Mansur looted the church in 985 and monastery survived as the simple church which didn’t shelter any significant community of cloistered monks. Monastery was revived in the end of XI century when Catalan nobles Geribert Guitard and his wife Rotlandis took responsibility for reconstruction of this monastery and invited Benedictine monks. Due to their generous donations reconstruction was at last accomplished in the beginning of XIII century. In 1577 Pope Gregory XIII issued a bull ceding control over Sant Pau del Camp to the Benedictine Abbey of Montserrat. This move proved to be unpopular with the resident monks, and so in 1593 this union was terminated. Monastery joined Monastery of Montserrat in 1508. In 1593 Monastery was reunited to Sant Cugat. In 1617 the Monastery was united with the Monastery of Sant Pere de la Portella, which lay close to the Pyrenees, and apparently most of the Benedictines from Portella decided to leave the mountains and move down to better accommodations at Sant Pau del Camp.
    The XIX century essentially killed off the monastic community here, as it did in many other places in the city. In 1808 during the Napoleonic wars, Sant Pau del Camp was occupied and turned into a hospital, and later a barracks, which it remained until 1814. The monks returned briefly, but in 1820 the monastery was closed and the chapel became a parish church.
    Sant Pau del Camp continued to be simply a parish until 1828 when the monks again returned, only to be finally expelled in 1835. The chapel became a parish church again, and the rest of the complex was sold off as public property, with most of the buildings eventually being torn down. Fortunately, in 1896 the cloister was saved and re-integrated to the building. Like many others, the church was burned by Leftists in 1905 and in 1936, but was subsequently restored and parish life restored. In 1879 this church was declared National Monument. The last General Chapter of two ecclesiastic dioceses of Tarragona and Saragossa was held here in Sant Pau in 1940.
    I believe this monastery and church are greatly underestimated by the tourists.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours:
    From Monday to Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 19:30
    Admission: 3€

    Address: Carrer de Sant Pau, 101, 08001 Barcelona

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    Sant Pau Del Camp/Interior

    by Oleg_D. Written May 19, 2014

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    Interiors you can see today were restored in XIII century. Al construction is base on the old Romanesque nave with transept, three apses and dome. The vault rises on embossed gutter whereas the arches of the transept are semi-circular.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours:
    From Monday to Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 19:30
    Admission: 3€

    Address: Carrer de Sant Pau, 101, 08001 Barcelona

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    Sant Pau Del Camp/Guifre Borrel’s Gravestone

    by Oleg_D. Written May 19, 2014

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    Documents about the Monastery of Saint Paul in the Field are very limited and confused. Although in the tiny chapel situated between cloister and church you can see the gravestone of Guifre Borrel the Count of Barcelona. That gravestone was founded in the monastery in 1596 and according its text this monastery was founded by Guifre Borrel between 897 and 911 A.D. You can also see excellent statue of Saint Paul there and fabulous gothic arches.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours:
    From Monday to Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 19:30
    Admission: 3€

    Address: Carrer de Sant Pau, 101, 08001 Barcelona

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    Sant Pau Del Camp/ The Cloister

    by Oleg_D. Written May 19, 2014

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    The construction of the cloister took place in beginning of XIII century. It forms the square-shaped patio with halfway strengthening in the center of the galleries roaming over some facing columns. Its particularity consists on the lobe-shaped arches traditionally Moorish which lend to it a singular charm. Just have a look at this small cloister, from the first glance I understood it is real masterpiece of early Gothic architecture.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours:
    From Monday to Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 19:30
    Admission: 3€

    Address: Carrer de Sant Pau, 101, 08001 Barcelona

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    Sant Pau Del Camp/Galleries of the Cloister

    by Oleg_D. Written May 19, 2014

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    Galleries of the cloister preserved theirs Romanesque style till nowadays. Walking along these galleries you will be able to observe the tombs of Catalan Aristocracy of XIII-XIV centuries. Several members of Montcada family the mightiest among nobility of the County of Barcelona are buried here. You can see coats of arms such glorious families as De Pinos on some sepulchers here.

    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours:
    From Monday to Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 19:30
    Admission: 3€

    Address: Carrer de Sant Pau, 101, 08001 Barcelona

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    Sant Pau Del Camp/Capitals of Romanesque Columns

    by Oleg_D. Written May 19, 2014

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    There are forty eight capitals of Romanesque columns that decorate the cloister of Monastery of Saint Paul in the Field. Majority of columns belong mostly to the type derived from Corinthian style from which they take the acanthus leaves with ease of movements, liveliness and realism. You can see motifs of palms or ornamental bows ob some capitals. But the most interesting are decorated by the figures. The figures are included in a short compendium of lions, birds and fantastic animals. There is no lack of mermaids or warriors fighting with monsters and lions. The only historical personages that appear on the capitals are Adam and Eve. My favorite figures are three men-at-arms equipped with typical for the end of XII, beginning of XIII century arms and armor. They wear acetones (long padded jacks), then chainmail hauberks over their acetones. Their legs protected by chainmail hoses. Two warriors wear helmets of Norman type and one have metal scull cap under his chainmail coif. So, here I again found invaluable source of information on the men-at-arm of XII-XIII centuries.
    Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without flashlight and tripod.
    Opening hours:
    From Monday to Saturday:
    From 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:00 to 19:30
    Admission: 3€
    Address: Carrer de Sant Pau, 101, 08001 Barcelona

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    l'Eixample

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    The district of Barcelona l'Eixample begins from the Catalonia square and includes the big site of that refers to as heart of modern Barcelona. The idea of architect Ildefons Serd-i-Sunier consisted in the creation of garden city on the basis of squares of the streets crossed perpendicularly, with internal spaces in each district, intended that their inhabitants could spend there leisure-times.
    Vectorially correct lay-out of this district strikingly differs from Barri Gotico. In the middle of the XIX-th century it became obvious to city authorities of Barcelona, that there was no place in the old town for everybody who wanted to live there and to work.The catalunian word "l'Eixample" means "expansion". Try to find a little bit time for slow walk on streets of l'Eixample.

    You can watch my photo of Barcelona on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 23' 37.95" N 2° 10' 37.24" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Iglesia in l'Eixample.

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    Parroquia de Sant Francesc de Sales

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Sep 29, 2013

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    Parroquia de Sant Francesc de Sales

    The Parish Church of St Francesc de Sales is an outstanding example of Catalonia's sacred architecture at its best. The church is part of the Colegio de los Hermanos Maristas and dates back to the 19th Century. The design is a work by the architect Joan Martorell. The façade of the building of the church is very original, made of plain red brick and creatively decorated with colourful tiles and ceramics.
    Passeig Sant Joan 88-92

    You can watch my photo of Barcelona on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 41° 23' 40.73" N 2° 10' 34.14" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Parroquia de Sant Francesc de SalesOrdinary churches.

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    Church of Bethlehem

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Sep 28, 2013

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    Rambla dels Estudis is the site of the former Jesuit University, whose only remainder is the Church of Bethlehem built in 1732 in the Baroque style.

    You can watch my 0 min 43 sec Video Barcelona Iglesia de la Madre de Dios de Belem out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.

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    San Pau del camp

    by oriettaIT Updated Sep 1, 2011

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    Situated in the heart of El Raval is this Romanesque church, one of the oldest in Barcelona. Originally founded as a Benedictine monastery in the 9th century and subsequently rebuilt in the following centuries, this ancient church reveals 12th-century cloister.
    It stand in a busy and kind of rough neighbor so it is a real surprise, I felt here like in peaceful place after all the noise and crowd of the city, there was nobody there like it was a forgotten corner nobody knew about.

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    Sant Pau del Camp.

    by Maurizioago Updated Feb 9, 2008

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    This church is the oldest medieval building in the city. It dates back to the year 912 and it was rebuilt between XI and XII centuries.

    Its has a nice tiny cloister.

    Sant Pau Del Camp lies at the bottom of the Carrer de Sant Pau; near Avinguida del Paral-lel. The nearest metro station is Paral.lel.

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    Basilica de la Mercè

    by Joacim Written Dec 18, 2007

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    I do love these higly ornamented churches. You can go inside and just sit down and feel nothing but calm. This basilica is exactly the same. With a beautiful inside and a nicely decorated outside it is a joy visiting this basilika. Especially since it is not so many people in here than in the big cathedral and other more famous churches in Barcelona.

    History
    According to legend, Our Lady of Mercy appeared in dreams to Pere Nolasc, calling on him to set up a monastic order dedicated to saving the numerous Christian captives who had fallen into the hands of the North African pirates in the Mediterranean. This he did, with the help of Ramon de Penyafort and support from King Jaume I.

    And so the Order of Mercy was born. Their first church was constructed in 1267, on the same site as the present-day basilica. It was reformed during the 14th and 15th centuries, and in 1775 the architect Josep Mas began the final renovation of the church, which is as it stands today.

    The patron of Barcelona
    Legend also says that, in 1637, Our Lady of Mercy freed the city from a plague of locusts, and the grateful City Council so named her the patron of Barcelona. In 1696 Pope Innocent XII extended her worship to the whole Catholic Church, and she was canonised in 1888, during the Universal Exposition. Her cult extended throughout the Mediterranean during the Middle Ages, and, more recently, spread to Hispanic and American lands.

    The patroness of Barcelona is highly revered by the public. A demonstration of this is seen when, on winning a championship, all the city sports teams go to the basilica to sing a hymn of gratitude.

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    Sants Just i Pastor church

    by tompt Written Dec 5, 2004

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    This romanesque gothic church was built in 1342, but work on it continued into the 16th century. Above the entrance portal, an enthroned Virgin is flanked by a pair of protective angels. The Latin inscription hails her as Virgo Nigra et Pulchra, Nostra Patrona Pia (Black and Beautiful Virgin, Our Holy Patroness). There is a single nave with the chapels. Doors are usaually closed expect for Sunday Mass, we were lucky there was a marriage planned and we could enter.
    It is one of the oldest churches in Barcelona and is dedicated to the two martyrs, Just and Pastor.

    Address: Pl. de Sant Just, 5
    in the Gothic Quarter.

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    Santa Maria del Mar

    by tompt Updated Nov 29, 2004

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    Santa Maria del Mar

    Probably the most beautifull church in Barcelona. It is an example of the catalan gothic style. Because all welth is absent the church is looking very spacy and simple. The building dates from the 1300´s and some of colorfull glasswindows date back the 1500´s.

    The church is located at the Pl. de Santa Maria. The nearest subway is Jaume I.

    The church is open between 10:00 - 13:30 and 16:30 - 20:00

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    Sant Pau del Camp

    by tini58de Written Jun 10, 2004

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    Sant Pau del Camp

    Well, actually this is not really off the beaten path, because it is a tip in our guide book, but we thought, that it was a little out of the way...

    This very old church has a wonderful cloister - it seems like an oasis within the hussle and buzzle of the city.

    Entrance fee to the cloister is 1 € - more or less a donation type thing, plus you get a nice description of what to see!

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