Cathedral La Seu, Barcelona

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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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    Cathedral - Catedral (inside - interior)

    by spanishguy Updated Jul 12, 2006

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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 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 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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    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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    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 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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    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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    La Seu Cathedral

    by clairegeordio Written Jul 4, 2004

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    La Seu Cathedral

    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.

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    Standing on the top of the Barri Gotic

    by danitsja_nl Written Apr 10, 2004

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    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.

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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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    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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    The Gothic Cathedral

    by easyoar Written Dec 3, 2004

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    Barcelonas Cathedral under wraps

    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!

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    Barcelona Cathedral

    by JanPeter74 Written Sep 28, 2004

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    Cathedral of Barcelona

    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).

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    La Seu Cathedral - Exterior

    by Roadquill Updated Nov 29, 2011

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    La Seu Cathedral - circa 2004
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    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.

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