The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is also known as Barcelona Cathedral.
You can watch my 5 min 54 sec Video Barcelona Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia out of my Youtube channel or here on VT.
This is the big and main cathedral in the city. It harkens many locals and tourists alike. It covers a city block and is just behind the Juame Plaza area. The completion was in 1450, after about 150 years of construction. The outside has elaborate decoration and frosting with the main doors ribbed of stone facade. Saint Eulalia was a virgin martyr of the city that sacrificed her life of the church during Roman era. Inside is ornate and gold glitter all around.
Note the times are usually 10-5 daily, but on Sunday, after 1PM and then the entry fee is 5 Euro. Other days it is free.
Santa Eulalia/La Seu Cathedral in the center of the Barri Gotic district, downtown Barcelona has a few items unique to it. One we found in the two guide books (other than Virtual Tourist) we used, Lonely Planet and DK, the statue of Saint George battling the dragon. It was mentioned in both and we looked for it in the cathedral and only came across it by chance. This was our fault since we were looking for a big impressive thing...turns out it is only about 50 centimeters high and sits on top of a small water fountain as you can see in the photo.
The other unique thing we found here was the gaggle of geese. No they do not make foie gras or golden eggs, they just "are". After we saw them I looked it up and apparently there are no known facts, but several theories/legends about the virginity of Saint Eulalia or Rome, no not the virginity of Rome, the greatness.
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.