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Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona
Categories: Churches, Tourist Spots
Walk the 500-year-old halls of the impressive Barcelona Cathedral. Constructed in the 13th century, the Gothic cathedral features a main hall vaulted over five aisles, with dozens of high columns. Saunter the grand hall to admire the high ceilings and ornate altar decor, or wander out to the main cloister where 13 white geese are kept as part of the cathedral’s tradition. Try to spot the famous gargoyles that line the cathedral’s roof and main facade. Work out when and for how long to visit Barcelona Cathedral and other Barcelona attractions using our handy Barcelona vacation route planner.
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גרנו לא רחוק והיינו יותר מפעם אחת. כמה דגשים: - ניתן לבוא בשעות החינמיות. אין צורך בביקורים בתשלום בשעות הצהרים - כדאי לבקר בפנים לא רק בקתדרלה אלא גם בחצר הצמודה בה יש 13 ברבורים באופן קבוע. - שווה ל... read more »
This church is absolutely stunning. This is the first of many Cathedrals we saw while in Europe for two weeks and the architecture and construction is amazing. The surround garden and courtyard is jus... read more »
A beautifully sculpted building with lots of staues and fountains inside and out of the building.The steps leading up to it lead you to look up to the stunning architectural beauty lining the sky
The present history of the Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona began in 1 May 1298 throughout the mandate of Bishop Bernardo Pelegrí and the sovereignty of King James II of Aragon, the Just. It was virtually completed by the mid-15th century, under the mandate of Bishop Francisco Clemente Sapera and the rule of King Alfonso V of Aragon. In varies stages, the architect’s first concentrated on the apse and the radial chapels, the presbytery, altar and crypt. Shortly after, there was an extension of the lateral chapels all the way to the choir. The façade was closed in with s simple wall and finally the builders finished the cloister around 1448! Wow…old! By the end of the 19th century there was work done on the façade and on the two side towers and by 1913 there was a completion of surroundings structures. The Cathedral of Barcelona is breathtaking and huge! It is composed of three naves with five sections each. There are two chapels in each section of the naves. Interesting two is the two great bells towers located at the end of the sections near the presbyteries. Large windows open up illuminating the presbytery. In all honesty, this is a place that you simply need to see to appreciate the artistic nature of this institution. I recommend that you read about the place before you come. Make sure to study the altar pieces painted by Gener, Alemanay and Martorel, among others. Observe the choir stall…they date back to the 14th century. The organ dates back to the 1500’s. There are also the images of saints, including the Precious Eulalia and the archangels. And there is more and more. I am also like to share that if you are a scholar, as I am, or are even interested on religious history, there are papyruses dating back to the eight century. And if you are interested in genealogy, there are records from the 1500. You can visit the Cathedral on your own. There are also guided tours. For guided tours you would need to arrange through the Diocesan Museum of Barcelona located in Ave. De La Cathedral, 4, Tuesday through Sunday. The Cathedral location is Pla Seu, 3 Barcelona. I hope that you would visit this relic full of history and charm…buy a souvenir and lock this place in your heart! Sit and watch the Saints and rest - Safe travels my friends!
Just as stunning as you'd expect from a 13th-century cathedral, this is an essential stop on any tour of Barcelona's gothic quarter. Taking the lift up to the roof is worth the price, too. As you might expect, it's fairly dim inside so you might struggle to take good photos with a typical pocket camera. Expect to turn up the ISO on your DSLR. Please avoid using flash - that's just annoying. Note that they actively refuse entry to women in more revealing clothing (EG short shorts.)
If you go to Barcelona this is one of the places to go. Barcelona is not only Sagrada Familia and Gaudi. Enjoy this classic stuff.
Jui Hong Teoh
Directly next to Palau Reial Major, or at least as far I can remember is the back of the Cathedral of Barcelona. I had a bit of trouble telling them apart because the two Gothic buildings appear alike, with so little space separating them. One way to tell is that the wall surrounding the cathedral is lined with plenty of gargoyles, a typical Gothic highlight. The Cathedral of Barcelona is dedicated to its patron saint, Saint Eulalia, a 13-year old who was tortured and martyred during the reign of the Romans for refusing to recant her faith. This site was formerly a Roman temple, destroyed by the Moors on their invasion and rebuilt to the current cathedral that stands today. Look up when you walk towards the back of the Cathedral of Barcelona, there’s a unicorn on the roof. The medievals must had a sense of humour.
Impressive gothic cathedral. Visit it on Sundays after 3pm: free entrance. In the back of the church is a nice little garden.
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