Cathedral La Seu, Barcelona

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    The Barri Gotic District-Barcelona Cathedral

    by VeronicaG Updated Nov 10, 2009

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    After tossing our bags into our room, we wasted little time after checking into the Hotel Majestic. Barcelona was waiting and we were anxious to investigate the medieval district known as Barri Gotic.

    Upon arriving, one couldn't miss noticing the soaring beauty of The Cathedral of Barcelona, also known as, La Seu. The Cathedral with its gargoyles and other intricate architectural embellishments is Northern European Gothic in style.

    According to my guidebook*, it was constructed between 1298 and 1408; its front facade created in 1870. This is the main center of worship in the city. Inside resides a crypt belonging to Saint Eulalia, one of Barcelona's patron saints.

    The medieval village with its circuitous streets and historic buildings surrounds the cathedral. We spent quite a bit of time here popping into some of the shops for souvenirs to take back home to our family, sampling a confection at one of the bakeries and observing the celebration of Le Merce', which is an annual folk festival.

    Visitors are welcome to visit the cathedral; there is no admission charge.

    *Barcelona City Guide by Lonely Planet

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    Medieval Barcelona: the Cathedral

    by Elisabcn Updated Aug 23, 2009

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    One of the towers of the Cathedral

    The most distant origins of the Cathedral of Barcelona correspond to a basilica with three naves which was destroyed by Al -Mansur (925). The remains of this basilica can be seen in the City History Museum. Later there was another construction in Romanesque style. The current cathedral is built in Gothic style. Dedicated to Saint Eulàlia and the Holy Cross, it was constructed between 1298 and 1915 (the main façade) and it has three naves (XIV and XV centuries), a deambulatorium and nine radial chapels. It has two octogonal towers and a crypt dedicated to Saint Eulàlia under the main altar. The cloister deserves also a short visit. The entrance to the cloister is on Bisbe Street.
    Currently the main façade of the Cathedral is under restoration. The stone from Montjuich used to build the cathedral and most of the buildings around is very porous so it's easy to get dirty. There is a campaign to get funds for its restoration. It's called "apadrina una pedra" (rough translation: do the godfather of a stone). Each individual contribution goes to the restoration of a stone :-)

    If you want to visit the cathedral without paying go from 13.00 to 17.00 from Monday to Saturday and from 14.00 to 17.00 on Sundays

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    Monk gardens at the cathedral

    by Joacim Updated Apr 26, 2009

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    The monk gardens at the cathedral was lovely. Full of small places for worship, sculptures and a beautiful garden in the middle. Since it was going towards christmas they had put on a nativity scene in the garden which was interesting! Now when I visited it was in april and the nativity scene was replaced by a garden full of swans!

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    Big and beautiful

    by Joacim Updated Apr 26, 2009

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    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.

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    The cathedral

    by Rupanworld Written Oct 14, 2008

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    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.

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    Catedral Basìlica de Barcelona

    by MM212 Updated Sep 27, 2008

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    The Cathedral's spire - June 2008
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    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...

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    Being renovated

    by PierreZA Written Sep 13, 2008

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    Inside the cathedral

    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)

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    Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia

    by mallyak Written Sep 10, 2008

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    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

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    The Interior of la Catedral

    by MM212 Updated Aug 7, 2008

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    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).

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    Claustre (Cloister)

    by MM212 Updated Aug 7, 2008

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    The Cloister (Feb 2005)
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    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.

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    Sala Capitular - Chapter House

    by MalenaN Written May 31, 2008

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    In the museum of the cathedral
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    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.

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    The Cloister

    by MalenaN Written May 26, 2008

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    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.

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    La Catedral

    by MalenaN Written May 26, 2008

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    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).

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    Amasing

    by venteca Written Feb 18, 2008

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    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.

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    El Born side streets

    by DPando Written Dec 28, 2007

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    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

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