Cathedral La Seu, Barcelona

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    Check out the architecture

    by kop-queen Written Oct 2, 2007

    One of the most striking things about Barcelona is the architecture. We didn't have time to tour the city but even around our hotel their were some stunning modern buildings. Then you have the old style cathedral in total contrast.

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    The imposing church

    by heryanta Written Aug 17, 2007

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    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.

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    Nice advert

    by clmbsb Updated Jul 9, 2007

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    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.

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    the cathedral

    by doug48 Written Jun 24, 2007

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    entrance to the cloister

    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.

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    Cathedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia

    by atufft Written May 23, 2007

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    Otherwise known as La Seu, this Gothic cathedral that stands in the heart of Barri Gotic, or Gothic Quarter. This is the seat of the bishop (Sagrada Familia is a mere church). Although Barcelona was founded by the Carthaginians, not until 343 AD, was a Roman era basilica was built, and then in 985 AD it was destroyed by Moorish invaders. However, the Catalan culture also emerged during this period, and by 1046 AD, a cathedral was again built. By 1268, the chapel, Capella de Santa Lucia was incorporated into the cathedral. Then, in 1298, under King Jaume II, construction of the current gothic style cathedral began, and by 1460, the main building was completed. However, the current gothic facade was completed at late as 1889, and the central spire dates back to only 1913. Fortunately, the design of both the facade and the spire were based on the original 1408 drawings of French architect Charles Galters. Everything except the Santa Lucia chapel was demolished, and reportedly, construction of the church was slow due to the black death and numerous military conflicts. The church is 93m/305ft long and 40m wide. The octagonal clock towers, built in 1393, reach a height of more than 50m. The spire of the central tower reaches a height of 70m or 230ft. The interior consists of one wide nave with 28 side chapels. The cathedral also has a beautifully carved choir. An elevator in the northeast of the cathedral goes to the top of the roof of the cathedral. Next to the cathedral is a 14th century cloister with central courtyard that has 13 geese, one for every year of 13 year old patron saint and martyr Santa Eulalia, a young girl tortured to death in the 4th century by the Romans. By Catholic tradition, she was exposed naked in the public square and a miraculous snow fall in mid spring covered her nudity. The Romans then put her into a barrel with knives stuck into it and rolled it down 'Baixada de Santa Eulalia', one of the gothic quarter streets today. The crypt contains the sarcophagus of Santa Eulalia.

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    Wilfred the Hairy

    by SallyM Written Apr 5, 2007

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    Wilfred the Hairy

    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.

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    Say hello to the geese!

    by SallyM Written Apr 5, 2007

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    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.

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    Cathedral

    by sylina Written Apr 4, 2007

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    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..

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    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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    La Catedral

    by sue_stone Written Feb 27, 2007

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    Barcelona's stunning Gothic cathedral - La Seu - is a must see on your visit to the city. It is located in the ancient Barri Gotic quarter, on the small Placa de la Seu, which joins onto Placa Nova.

    The cathedral was constructed between 1298 and 1460, though churches have existed on its site dating as far back as 343 AD. The main façade wasn't built until 1870, though it is based on a 1408 design. The spire of the central tower is 70 metres tall. The two times I have visited Barcelona the façade has been under restoration, though it is supposed to be completed later in 2007.

    Inside there is a large central nave and 28 side chapels. Make sure you check out the lavish choir stalls in the centre of the cathedral.

    You can catch the lift up to the roof for great views over the city - highly recommended!

    Opening hours: Daily, 8am-12.15pm & 5.15-7.30pm

    Free admission, but it will cost you around 2 euro to catch the lift to the roof

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    Medieval Barcelona: the Cloister

    by Elisabcn Written Dec 24, 2006

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    the Cloister

    You will find the entrance to this gothic cloister on Bisbe St. The romanic gate of the cloister comes from the ancient cathedral but the cloister was built between 1350-1448. It is surrounded by high gothic windows and chapels on 3 of its 4sides (s. rita's chapel is always the most crowded). On the forth side there is the old Sala Capitular, today the Santísimo's Chapel where the Lepanto's Christ (XVI century) is guarded. Near the fountain you can always find 13 ducks. The number 13 refers to S. Eulalia, who was 13 years old when she was tortured and killed by pagan romans. Free Entrance

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    CATHEDRAL

    by Maggies Updated Sep 8, 2006

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    Sardana in front of the Cathedral
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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.

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    Cathedral - Catedral (inside - interior)

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    The choir - El coro
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    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

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    Cathedral of Santa Eulalia - Catedral

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 12, 2006

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    The origins of the Barcelona Cathedral are very old. The current building was constructed during the 13th to 15th centuries on top of a former Visigothic church, destructed during the Muslim occupation. Its a Gothic style temple as well as its façade, in spite of it was erected in the XIX century. Unfortunaly it was covered by scaffolding during our visit. The Cathedral is devoted to Saint Eulalia, patron saint of the city. She was a young virgin who suffered martyrdom during Roman times in Barcelona. The Cathedral is also know as "La Seu"

    Los orígenes de la Catedral de Barcelona son muy antiguos. El actual edificio fue construido durante los siglos XIII al XV sobre un anterior templo visigodo, destruido durante la ocupación musulmana. Es una iglesia de estilo gótico, así como su fachada, a pesar de haber sido erigida en el siglo XIX. Lamentablemente esta se encontraba cubierta por andamiod cuando estuvimos allí. La Catedral está bajo la advocación de Santa Eulalia, patrona de la ciudad, una joven virgen martirizada en tiempos de los romanos en Barcelona. La Catedral se conoce también como "La Seo"

    Mass schedule / Horario de misas

    Weekdays / Diario: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 y 19:00 (Catalan), 12:00 (Spanish / español)
    Saturdays / Sábados: 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 y 19:00 (Catalan), 12:00 y 18:00 (Spanish / español)
    Sundays / Domingos: 9:00, 13:00 y 19:00 (Catalan), 10:30, 12:00 y 18:00 (Spanish / español)

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    Cathedral La Seu

    by bip_231 Written Jul 5, 2006

    The cathedral is situated in the centre of the Gothic Quarter, in Barcelona. It's dedicated to the Patron Saint of Barcelona, St. Eulalia, and was built between the end of the 13th century, and the 15th century. There are a few places on the interior of the cathedral which are well worth a visit: the choir, the crypt of St. Eulalia, the cathedral treasury, and, on the outside of the cathedral, the cloister, with it's geese and palm trees.

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    Barcelona Cathedral - Roof and Views

    by mightywease Written Jun 10, 2006

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    View from the Roof of Barcelona Cathedral
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    A lift takes you to the roof of Barcelona Cathedral and a walk along the bouncy steel walkway not only gives you fantastic views over the city but also allows you to see up close the architecture of the cathedral itself.

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