The austere interior of la Catedral de Barcelona is typically Catalan Gothic with a large central nave, lofty ceilings and a polygonal apse. Surrounding the main nave are numerous side chapels with impressive works of art. In the centre are the intricately carved 15th century Gothic choir stalls, and below is the crypt with the relics of Santa Eulàlia, one of the two saints to whom the Cathedral is dedicated. If you are planning to enter the Cathedral, make sure you are modestly dressed, i.e. no shorts or bare shoulders for BOTH men and women (see attached photo of warning sign).
If it weren't for the hordes of tourists, the Cloister of la Catedral de Barcelona perhaps would have been my favourite spot in the city. The astonishing Gothic architecture is contrasted with Moorish/Mudéjar-style doors while palm trees and swans decorate the background. The square courtyard is planted with palm trees and Mediterranean shrubs and is inhabited by swans. A beautiful Gothic fountain is crowned with a statue of Saint George killing the dragon, while a pond contains fish. The Cloister dates from the 14th and 15th centuries and is accessed through the Cathedral itself.
Sala Capitular - Chapter House
There is a very small museum in the Chapter House of the cathedral. It opens at 10am and the admission is 2 Euro (February 2008).
One of the room has got red carpets, fine timber seating and on the walls paintings and tapestries. On masterpiece is a pieta by Bartolomeo Bermejo. It is an oil painting from 1490. In a small room you can see the Great Monstrance of Barcelona. It’s from the 13th century and comprises of three sections; the throne chair of King Martin I, the royal crown and the tower-shaped ostensorium. It is decorated with many jewels. There are just a few more items on display in the museum.
From the cathedral, or from Carrer del Bisbe, you can enter the cloister. It is nice to walk under the Gothic vaults around the squared garden. There are a few chapels in the cloister and by the fountain there is a statue of Saint George. In the cloister garden there are always 13 geese (since medieval time). There are 13 geese because that was the age Santa Eulàlia had at the time of her martyrdom.
For quite some time before going to Barcelona I had seen photos where the façade of the Cathedral was covered. I had hoped the restorations were going to be finished when I visited but unfortunately the whole façade was covered and I could not see its rich decoration. The façade was not finished until late 19th century but was constructed after the original design from 1408. The last part of the cathedral to be finished was the main tower, which was not ready until the beginning of the 20th century. The other parts of the building where constructed between 1298 and 1460. Inside the cathedral there is a broad central nave with a beautiful timbered choir stall in the middle. In front of the main altar is the crypt with the tomb of Santa Eulàlia. There are 28 side chapels around the cathedral.
When I visited the cathedral it was free, but during the afternoons you can go on guided tours and then there is an admission.
The cathedral is open between 8 - 12.15 (free), 13 - 17 (admission) and 17.15 - 19.30 (free).
The Barcelona Cathedral is an amasing place to visit. Very strong from the inside. Beautifull view. It´s a must to visit. We found very nice to check that there is a mention to Nossa Senhora de Fátima, wich is a Portuguese reference when it comes to Catholic Religion. This is a mandatory place to visit in Barcelona.
these are the non tourist streets in Born quarter.. where there are some bars and restaurants "just for locals".. alley streets excellent views to see local life, not crowded because everybody go to the main streets and churches
The cathedral of Santa Eulalia, or sometimes called La Seu is probably the main focal point of the Bari Gothic area in Barcelona.
This beautiful Gothic church is a sight to be amazed. Or is it just that I'm a sucker for Gothic architecture?
There are statues on display inside ... and of course the crypt of Santa Eulalia. However the most peculiar thing is perhaps the cloister as they keep 13 geese there :)
Why? I've been told that Santa Eulalia was 13 when she died.
I was looking forward to looking at the facade of the this grand cathedral but was thwarted by a huge advert requesting funds as the cathedral is ungoing a bit of a facelift. Inside it is a very simple cathedral that is nice to look around and maybe sit and reflect for a while. Don't bother going up the tower as you can hardly go anywhere due to the facelift.
construction of the barcelona cathedral began in 1298 on the site of a visigothic church. work on this massive building was not completed until well into the 19th century. the main facade was completed in 1889. next to the cathedral is a beautiful cloister.
Wilfred the Hairy (Guifré el Pelós) was a character who unified Catalonia in the Dark Ages, a sort of Catalan Alfred the Great. He was Count of Barcelona in the ninth century, and was fittingly a contemporary, and nominally a subject, of the Carolingian emperor Charles the Bald. Disappointingly, some historians now question whether or not he actually was hairy, or whether his soubriquet became misinterpreted over time (rather like the argument about whether Ethelred was really unready).
Unfortunately, there are few traces of the hirsute one to be found in modern Barcelona and his tomb is in the church of Santa Maria del Ripoll in the north of Catalonia. A suitably hairy portrayal of Wilfred can be seen on one of the portals of the Cathedral, killing a dragon. Unlike St George, who also adorns the portal, Wilfred needs no armour to protect him.
The Cathedral is gothic, dating mostly from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, although the principal facade was not completed until 1892.
An unusual feature is the gaggle of geese that live quite happily in its cloister.
Look out also for the carving of Wilfred the Hairy on the portal.
It was in renovation of the exterior when we were there. So we didn't get to see the full picture outside.. But the interior was brilliant..
Its history begins in a small chapel of the 1st century, on that building it was built a romantic church (11th century) of the one that remain remainders in the entry of Sant. Iu. In 1298 the construction of the present Gothic temple was initiated and the last detail, the central needle, was incorporated in 1913. The chorus is a true work of art, the same as the crucifix of the Christ of Lepanto (16th century), the crypt is of Santa Eulàlia, the patron saint of Barcelona and the neighborhood Claustro (cloister).
Mass (in Catalan): 9a, 10a, 11a, noon & 6p (Spanish) M-F; 7p (Catalan) Sa; 9a, 10.30a 1p & 7p (Catalan) noon & 6p (Spanish) Su
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Open Hours: 8am-1.30pm & 4pm-7.30pm Mon-Fri; 8am-1.30pm & 5pm-7.30pm Sat -Sun
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The construction of the cathedral started in XIIIth century and finished in the beginning of XXth century.
On saturday and sunday afternoon people gather on the square in front of the Cathedral and dance Sardana which is a local dance. It's very nice experience to see them gather and dance with such a joy.
There are a lot of beautiful places inside the Cathedral. The most wonderful could be the choir with its carved and polycromed chairs. This area is dividing the central nave, as in the most of Spanish cathedrals. The crypt of Saint Eulalia is under the high altar, where the patron saint is buried. The Pope John Paul II prayed here in 1982. There are a lot of nice chapels next to the walls and in the ambulatory which worth a visit. There is a secluded Gothic cloister where thirteen white geese are kept because it is said that Saint Eulalia was 13 of them when she was murdered. There is a fountain in it, devoted to Saint George, patron saint of Catalonia and Aragon.
Hay muchos lugares bonitos dentro de la catedral. La más impresionante de todas ellas puede ser el coro con su sillería esculpida y policromada. Esta zona divide la nave central, como en la mayoría de las catedrales españolas. La cripta de Santa Eulalia está bajo el altar mayor, donde está enterrada la patrona. El Papa Juan Pablo II rezó aquí en 1982. Hay muchas capillas junto a los muros y en la girola que merecen una visita. También hay un claustro gótico apartado del edificio donde se cuida a 13 gansos porque se dice que Santa Eulalia tenía 13 de ellos cuando fue asesinada. En él hay una fuente dedicada a San Jorge, patrón de Cataluña y Aragón.
% Visiting hours / Horarios de visita
Mondays to Fridays / Lunes a viernes: 8:00 - 12:45, 17:15 - 19:30
Saturdays / Sábados: 8:00 - 12:45, 17:15 - 20:00
Sundays / Domingos: 8:00 - 13:45, 17:15 - 20:00