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)
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.
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.
Inside the beautifully cool interior of Barcelona Cathedral are some wonderfully ornate side chapels, paintings and gilding. The high ceiling has carved round plagues at each axis and the patches of weathering on the roof rather than detracting from the decoration actually add to the feel of the place, giving a sense of history and continuity.
The choir stalls are handsomely decorated with coats of arms and all through the cathedral are wonderfully rich colours and decorative flourishes. It is an incredibly impressive building, a focal point for the area and community, imposing yet also welcoming and peaceful. Well worth a visit.
A little surprise in the cloisters of the cathedral is this gaggle of geese! Originally there were 13 of them but I think there are fewer now. AQPparently it was 13 as it was one for every year of St Eulalia's life. She is one of Barcelonas patron saints and her remains are belived to be in teh Cathedrals crypt.
I went a little mad taking pictures of the geese but they are pretty amusing and were eating out of peoples hands before making a racket and running off in the other direction
My favourite thing about the cathedral, however, was the cloisters. Its just such a peaceful [despite all the people there] area with a little pond and palm trees, magnolias and orange trees behin dthe gothic iron & stonework - as well as some more chapels around the edge and one larger chapel on the corner. It also gives a different perspective of the outside of the cathedral and the spire. When I visited the front of the cathedral was being cleaned and was covered over, but from this angle you can't see that and just have a nice view of the spire.
The best time to visit is in the morning when the light really adds something to the overall effect of the place.
Entry is free
The main entrance to Barca's Cathedral is situated on Placa de la Seu and it was my first port of call. I was planning on walking around the Barri Gotic afterwards and its right on the edge of it so it made sense to go here first. Especially as it is open from 8.30am
I'm not normally huge on churches, the interiors certainly, but this place was beautful inside. Its lined by small ornate chapels all dedicated to different saints and totally different in style. You can purchase red candles to place on the stands in front of the chapels and light.
Entrance to the cathedral is free but you can pay a fee to enter the crypt and choir areas.
well, not really under construction, but the whole main front of the cathedral is scaffolded. This main church of Barcelona is often crowded of tourists, so I have the impression that most of locals prefer to go to other churches, as e.g. the Santa Maria Del Mar, another imposant church, even much older than the cathedral.
The cathedral is worth the visit with its beautiful painted windows and an enormous organ. But I spend only a short moment inside, more strolling around in the patio (cloister) of the cathedral with a little palm garden where traditionally live some gants. In the middle ages these gants stood sentinel over the art treasure of the cathedral, because their gaggle and twitter chases away every intruder.
One of the entrances to the Cathedral is through the cloistered courtyard. It’s a wonderful space, stone flagged floors, arched recesses, gothic columns and lush green foliage. One can easily imagine walking slowly around the cloisters in quiet contemplation. Ah, except for the interruptions of the geese which share the space.
There are 13 geese, each representing one-year of the life of the martyred Santa Eulalia, the patron Saint of Barcelona. One does get the sense that the geese feel they are the real owners of the courtyard; everyone else is just an interloper! And they are probably right!
The Cathedral of Barcelona is a fantastic building. I have been here a couple of times and fortunately, on the second time, all of the structural stuff had gone as the first time the place was being cleaned etc and much of the front was hidden. This site has been Barcelona's center of worship for many, many years. Before the present cathedral there was a Roman temple and then later a mosque!!. Construction on the cathedral began at the end of the 13th century and was finally completed in the mid-15th century (similar to the Sagrada Familia good things take time?).
Built mainly during the 14th century, it contains three naves and a transept, and side chapels between the buttresses. It also houses a crypt dedicated to Santa Eulàlia. The cloister, built between 1350 and 1448, can be entered from the outside through the Pietat gateway. The Cathedral's façade was originally designed at the end of the 19th century, following the lines of the 1408 Romanesque & gothic model.
Especially on Sunday when the locals gather to perform La Sardana, the local folk dance.
The cathedral is located in the Gothic district and is very much designed in the gothic style. Visting the cloisters is also worthwhile.
Be aware that at certain hours you are expected to pay to enter the church (which I find ridiculous!). In the afternoon, the admission is free. I think they are routing the entrance through the cloister.
Also be cautious for some gypsy women begging outside the cathedral doors and the plaza.
Smaller than notre dame, but then again it's much les dark and gothic. The cloister with the gardens is very nice and on a hot day provides some respite from the Sun.
The alter pieces are as good as any of seen but the view from the top is a nice touch.
Catedral La Seu, is like a jewel in the midst of the noise and mayhem of the surrounding tourist areas. Entrance is free unless you want to go to the rooftop and witness a spectacular view of the city, in which case you should make a small donation. Inside there are many different altars for different saints. This Cathedral is still very much in use, so be aware that others will be praying and lighting candles amidst the tourists. There is also a small museum and outside area with geese. It is a beautiful cathedral with objects dating from 1200s. Unfortunately the outside is currently undergoing reconstruction so scaffolding may block your view of the facade.
For 4 euros you can walk into the Barcelona Cathedral (seniors and disabled are free) and go to the roof to take pictures of the city, walk in the patio and library. The entrance is from behind.
King Juan Carlos´s youngest daughter Cristina got married here. From all places, she choose this Cathedral; don´t you think it has to have something?