Barcelona Cathedral, Barcelona

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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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  • August 20, 2017
    This place is beautiful. Be careful of the times. I went on a Sunday and had done the research that the chapel was only open in the afternoon. However earlier in the day the cloister was open for view...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    A very original Cathedral with some outdoor cover the shoulders and legs (if short short) otherwise access will be denied (sellers offer scarves to 1 euro in front of the Cathedral very good moment
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  • August 20, 2017
    strikingly beautiful, beautiful church, you see that the Sagrada familia's largest and most modern imitation of this beautiful Cathedral
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  • August 21, 2017
    Nice cathedral. Entrance is free at certain times and you have to make a donation of €7 at others. There is a dress code, but the signage wasn't clear, something to do with covered shoulders and longish skirt. I recommend going when free.
  • June 1, 2017
    Beautiful building with amazing architecture and imagery. You need to have your shoulders covered and have longer shorts/skirts on to enter. On Sunday it costs 7 euros to go in but it's free the other days. You can also pay 3 euro to go on top of the roof! I've attached some pictures of those views. It was definitely worth it for 3 euros.
  • July 24, 2017
    To be honest, I thought it was okay. There are rules for going inside (you must be covered to a certain extent), certain hours it's free to enter and certain hours you need to make a donation to enter. At the end of the day though you can't enter at all unless you're going to pray. (For exact hours check their website). Just make sure when you go you don't end up going at the end of a shift, they'll kick you out when the next shift begins. I would say skip this one and go to Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi instead.
  • July 13, 2017
    You can visit the cathedral for free at certain time slots, else you pay 7 euros. It was free between 5:30pm-7:30pm, dress code strictly enforced- my wife had to buy a shawl outside the cathedral to wrap around so her knees won't be seen. Otherwise beautiful cathedral from inside and outside. We were also lucky to witness 'sardanes' (traditional Dance of Catalonia with live music) in the evening after our visit.
  • July 4, 2017
    Cathedral of Barcelona, Gaudi designed cathedral in Gothic quarter of Barcelona. Good views and worth a visit. It has 7€ entry fee. Dress appropriately as it is a cathedral and the deny entry for visitors with open shoulders and micro mini skirts or shorts. Knee length shorts should be ok. The tickets also gets you the lift to terrace tower to get a good view of the city.

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