Barcelona Cathedral (no, it is not La Sagrada Familia...) is located in the center of Barcelona, on a spot where there has been a church since at least the 4th century. The oldest part of the current cathedral is originally from the late 13th century, but it has been extended and rebuilt several times during the years.
The cathedral is quite huge; 93 meters long and 40 meters wide, the bell towers is 50 meters tall, and the central spire reaches a height of 70 meters. Inside is a wide nave, numerous side chapels, stained-glass windows, and the crypt contains the sarcophagus of Santa Eulalia. She is Barcelona's patron saint, and the official name of the cathedral is also Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia (or Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia).
Other highlights are the cloister (and the 13 geese in the courtyard ) from the 14th century, and the roof of the cathedral. There is access to the roof via a lift, and from the top are great views of Barcelona and the towers.
Through a southern gate of the Cathedral it is possible to leave in a wonderful internal court yard of the cathedral. It is possible to see covered gallery there, a garden with magnolias and palm trees. The fountain is decorated by a statue of sacred Jordi.
The cathedral has a secluded Gothic cloister where 13 white geese are kept, the number explained by the assertion that Eulalia was 13 when she was martyred.
White geese live here from immemorial times. It is considered, that they protect rest of the solvent townspeople buried near to the Cathedral.
Barcelona's gothic cathedral (La Seu) has a history dating back to early 14th century. You can find 28 chapels in the cathedral. The cloister with the geese and the fountain is also very interesting. You can also go up with the lift to the roof to enjoy the city view and the details of the towers. The fee for the lift is 2.5 Euro per person.
The inside of the Cathedral features many wonderful stained glass, arched ceilings, carvings, paintings, sculptures.A basillica was on site as early as the 4th century. The 13th Century Capella Santa Llucia is part of the cloister.
There should be a law where tourists must provide the entire name of the Cathedral "Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia" before allowed to leave. Located in Barri Gotic, it has been a work in process since 985, with Gothic facade finished in 1889 based upon original plans from 1408. Who can keep this stuff straight? There is a rather steep charge to enter the Cathedral, which we didn't do the first time we visited around 2004. In front of the Cathedral is a large open area where there is room for open air markets.
We wanted to visit the La Seu Cathedral in Barcelona's Barri Gotic district, but kept seeing and finding Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia...turns out they are one and the same.
Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia, is the correct name, which means Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, while La Seu is the seat of the diocese. So we go from there.
While this is not even close to being the most impressive, expensive or beautiful cathedral we have seen on our wanderings around Europe, I do believe it is one of the earliest, dating back to 300 A.D. One differing point that we found here was two caskets apparently containing a count and his wife, mounted on the wall of the cathedral, yes ON THE WALL, not in the ground or in a vault, but put up like a photograph on the wall.
The website listed here on VT is only in Spanish, so if you want to see and learn more in English, try -
Barcelona’s Romanesque Cathedral is the centre of Barcelona’s oldest part, the Barri Gòtic. It is the third building on this place, the first one being from the 6th century. Construction of the present cathedral began in 1298, using some parts of the previous building like the Portal de San Ivo. Construction was completed in the 16th century, although several restorations and renovations took place in the following centuries. Until the 19th century, it has an almost full Romanesque appearance, but by then a new Neogothic façade was added.
Inside the Cathedral, you will find several interesting details, including the Chapel of the Golden Fleece. The Chapel of Christ Levanto has a cross made of the wood from a ship participating in a battle.
This Gothic construction (14th and 15th Century) got the façade and spire we see nowadays at the end of the 19th century.
Yet the MEDIEVAL atmosphere is very impressive and still there....
The interior is remarkable with its enormous height and the numerous chapels.
There are beautifully carved choir stalls and a AMBULATORY all 14th and 15th Century.
In the crypte lies the martyr Santa EULALIA.
BTW Of course I climbed the tower!!!!!!
The Cathedral was constructed from the year of 1298 till 1890. First church here stood even earlier, so temple still has some parts of Romanesque style. The last reconstructions took place in the end of 19th century, in neo – Gothic style, so church mainly consist of Gothic style features.
Cathedral is breathtaking inside, having more than 20 chapels, also inner yard with the pond and 13 geese, that attracts lot of tourists. Temple is also is a burial place of patron of Barcelona St. Eulalia.
If you are in Barcelona for a longer time create oportunity visit it for free. The schedule nearby doors shows when you have to pay for entrance, and when it is free. Place nearby cathedral is usually full of tourists, the street musician shows and flea market go on.
The First Church of the Archdiocese of Barcelona is the most famous attraction in the Barri Gòtic or Gothic Quarter, the oldest part of the city. Started in the 13th century and finished some 150 years later, it is dedicated to one of the city’s patron saints – Eulalia, a young girl who, according to legend, was martyred by the Romans. In front of the Cathedral is a small square where you will find cafes and interesting shops. The area around the cathedral has a charm and beauty that makes this location a must visit.
Adults: 4.00 Euro
The cathedral is a very beautiful peace of architecture. Very typical, catholic churh and I love it.
To go in to it, locate a peacful chamber (it can be very crowded), sit down for a few minutes, feel the calm, the warmth, the relaxation, it is fantastic. Ofcourse you can see a million details in the cathedral worth mentioning but get there and have a look and feel for your self.
This cathedral is located in the heart of the Gothic quarter. It was built in the 13th and 15th century but during my visit some renovation works were going on which prevented me from having a better look at the exterior. On payment of some fees one can go up the roof with the help of an elevator and have a nice view over Barcelona. The Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Eulalia, a young virgin who was killed during the Roman rule in Barcelona.
Construction of the Barcelona Cathedral began in the 13th century. A Moorish mosque existed on the site which had previously contained a Roman temple used as a paleo-Christian church after the 5th century AD. The work on the Cathedral continued well into the 19th when the current façade was completed and as late as the beginning of the 20th century when the main spire was added. La Catedral de Barcelona is dedicated to Santa Eulàlia and Santa Creu, and is one of Barcelona's main monuments. It is often referred to as Catedral de la Seu, in reference to the name of the Barri Gòtic plaça at which it is located. Unfortunately for me, the façade was being renovated in February 2005 when I visited Barcelona (see attached pictures), so I swore to return to Barcelona a few years later to see the unveiled façade. To my great disappointment, upon my return in June 2008, the work had not yet been completed. As if I needed a reason to return to this beautiful city...
The cathedral is currently being renovated, so no nice pictures available of the façade or spires. But it is still possible to enter and visit the cathedral. Also visit the beautiful cloister (with the geese).
Women need to be aware that they have to be dressed conservatively (covered shoulders etc) if they want to enter the cathedral.
Entrance fee = 5€ (Sept 2008)
In the center of the Barri Gòtic (Gothic district), the heart of Barcelona, is the gothic cathedral, known as La Seu. The cathedral is officially named Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia, after Barcelona's patron saint Eulalia.
Already in 343 A.D. during the Roman Empire a basilica was built at the site of the current cathedral. In 985 the basilica was destroyed by the Moors, led by Al-Mansur. It was replaced by a Roman cathedral, built between 1046 and 1058. A Roman chapel, the Capella de Santa Llucia, was added between 1257 and 1268. It was later incorporated in the cloister next to the cathedral