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
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
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.
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)
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...
This cathedral is located in the heart of the Gothic quarter, most of it was built in the 13th and 15th century. The interior is really impressive with a blend of medieval and renaissance styles. There are 29 side chapels inside. The best view of the cathedral is from Placa de la Seu. You can also visit the roof by lift for 2 euros.
The heart of the Barri Gotic is the famous Cathedral. Inside you find the silence and beauty of the cloister. And on the roof you have a magnificent view over the Barri Gotic and all its old buildings. The roof is well fenced and easy accessible by elevator.
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)
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.
The Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona looks quite old, but in fact was only recently finished! The centre spire was completed in 1913. However churches go back on this site as far as 400 AD.
If you are unlucky like me, the cathedral will be being renovated (and it is little over 100 years old!). It must be all of that horrific traffic that you find in Barca that is eating the stonework, otherwise you expect it to last a bit longer!
The gothic cathedral of Barcelona is a real masterpiece. The very impressive building, with a very nice courtyard, filled with geese, lies in the barrio gotico, the gothic quarter, which is the medieval part of town. From the roof of the cathedral you have a magnificent view over the city. During summer, the square in front of the cathedral is filled with streetartists and the like.
When looking at a map, don't mix up this traditional cathedral and Gaudís "templo de la Sagrada Familia" (which is also regarded as a cathedral).
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.
Enter the Catedral by the main entrance. You will soon find yourself engulfed in its glowing darkness and slightly scented air (from the numerous candles). Inside are several traditional but highly ornate chapels, beautifuly designed high-backed choir pews, carved lower-backed benches, an elegant retrochoir, and the magnificent tomb of Santa Eulàlia located in a crypt beneath the altar. The tomb of Santa Eulàlia is an important 14th century work of art, executed in alabaster or marble (I wasn't sure).
Construction on this cathedral began in 1298. There is a main area consisting of 3 naves and an aspe with an ambulatory beneath an octoganal dome. Two 14th and 15th century towers rise at each end of the transept.
You can take an elevator to the roof where you get specatcular views of Barcelona and a close up view at the cathedral towers and roof.
It very much worth the price to go up!
Unfortunately, when we were there, the facade was undergoing some much needed rennovation. As such, you see this picture is not my best, but the best we had of the Catedral.
If you visit the Cathedral don't miss the Cloisters. With huge trees and palm trees inside, it really looks "off the beaten path", nothing similar to those spartan romanique cloisters with cypresses and so...
You can enter from the inside of the cathedral or from a little street that is at the right side of the building. Free entrance.
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.