Cathedral of Barcelona

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Overview

The Gothic Quarter, the historic center of Barcelona, houses the ancient cathedral, one of Barcelona's most remarkable landmarks. This functioning Roman Catholic cathedral is still a place of celebration and worship. Seu or the Santa Cruz, and Santa Eulalia Cathedral is a beautiful example of fourteenth-century Catalan gothic architecture.

The cathedral, as a significant attraction, make Barcelona an important city in Spain. Locals and foreigners adore this magnificent Gothic-style temple and religious edifice in Spain.

The cathedral commemorates the city's co-patron saint Eulalia of Barcelona because she refused to dismiss Jesus as the son of God. She lost her life like a martyr defending her faith.

Statues, arches, and pinnacles festooned the stunning Gothic façade. The interior has 28 chapels that flank the spectacular nave.  The mesmerizing 14th-century cloister courtyard is "The loveliest oasis in Barcelona."

The statue of Saint George, Barcelona's other co-patron saint, alongside a swarm of beautiful trees, is another cathedral attraction.

 

History

From the fourth century onwards, various Christian temples were consecrated on the present Cathedral site. The year 1058 witnessed the consecration of a Romanesque church. The Cathedral construction began in 1298 and was completed in the twentieth century with the neo-Gothic façade.

 

Architecture

The Cathedral of Barcelona comprises three naves, an apse, and an ambulatory. Of five sections of the naves, the section closest to the façade is the biggest to accommodate the dimensions of the cimboria.

Catalan Gothic constructions allow the buttresses' space as a typical structure, and rows of secondary chapels could open up in the cathedral. Two chapels encircle the entire basilica in each section of the naves.

Near the presbytery, two large bell towers are located. The door of Saint Ivo has one tower over it, and another tower is over the interior entryway to the cloister. Towers are octagonal with a prismatic body on the basilica’s terraces.

Cloister

The cloister is a secluded inner courtyard, which is the most popular part of the cathedral. You enter the cloister through a white marble door, a remnant of the original Romanesque cathedral built in 1046. 

The vault keystones depict scenes from the New Testament, whereas pillars in four galleries show scenes from the old testament.

A 15th-century fountain, magnolias, an orange tree, and palm trees add to its beauty.

The central garden is filled with palm trees, an orange tree, magnolias, and a 15th-century fountain.

Saint Eulalia’s Crypt

The pond in the cloister has 13 white geese because Eulalia was thirteen years old when she was martyred. Saint Eulalia was a young Christian woman who faced persecution in defending her faith in 304. Saint Eulalia’s crypt is under the altar. Between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, the Gothic cloister was constructed.

Choir

Beautiful carved wooden chairs make it a special area in the cathedral.

Rooftop

You can take the elevator to get to the rooftop and behold towers and the city from above. Here, you will get a spectacular 360-degree view of the town and a closer look at the bell tower and the legendary gargoyles.

Some tourists splurge money at the city’s best rooftop bars as the fresh air is a respite in summer and spring. To access the roof, you have to follow the signs from one of the chapels on the church's left side.

Chapel of the Holy Sacrament and the Holy Christ of Lepanto

The chapel, the inhabitants of Barcelona, have a special reverence to the cross in the chapel.

A magnificent temple

The cathedral stands second after the impressive Sagrada Familia with its shining edifice and Gothic façade.

 

Timings

  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 08:00 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 07:30 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 07:30 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 07:30 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 07:30 pm
  • Sunday : 08:00 am to 07:30 pm
  • Sunday : 08:30 am to 08:00 pm

Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.

 

How to Reach

  • Metro : The Catedral de Barcelona is right in the center of the Gothic Quarter at Pla Seu, 3. Get down at Jaume I metro station(yellow line L4), and walk 150 meters. Or alight at Liceu metro station(green line L3) and the chaos of La Rambla. Walk 350 meters to reach the cathedral.
  • Bus Turistic : Catch the bus touristic red line, get off at the Barri Gotic, and walk for 2 minutes to reach the cathedral.

 

Ticket Pricing

  • Vespertin Visits : €24.00(2084.32 INR) Sunset views of Barcelona and terrace visits are the highlights.
  • Cathedral Visit : €9.00(781.62 INR)... It includes a Chor entrance, access to the rooftop, and a Capitular room.
  • Guided Visit – Spanish : €12.00(1042.16 INR) Temple and the cloister: free entrance. ...
  • Free Entry : The cathedral provides free entry for worship and prayer during the following times: On weekdays, visit the cathedral between 08:30 am to 12.30 pm and 05:45 pm to 07:30 pm. ...

Address

Cathedral of Barcelona, Pla de la Seu, Barcelona, Spain

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Roxy Yarema
Roxy Yarema
09/09/2020 14:43
Must visit! Go there on Sunday morning and see locals dancing, cuuute😍
Lakhan Dubey
Lakhan Dubey
09/08/2020 04:37
Great vibes! Best during moony night full of stars! Nice place to sit . Stare at the sky and the magnificent cathedral.
DUŠAN MEH
DUŠAN MEH
07/19/2020 17:05
The cathedral is very nice, the architecture is fantastic. It lies in gothic quarter so the whole surrounding is according to that... If you want to check it inside, you have to pay the commission. It is definitely worth seeing it.
Sophia Scott
Sophia Scott
08/04/2020 23:33
Beautiful cathedral, worth a visit if you’re in town and if you’re into architecture/are religious. I am neither but went there because I was with my family. FYI there is wheelchair access, just not through the main entrance. Ask someone at the main entrance for directions and they will help you. People with reduced mobility get in free too.
Cecile Stlouis
Cecile Stlouis
07/27/2020 07:16
Absolutely beautiful cathedral. I loved the whole Gothic quarter. So many places to eat and drink. We enjoyed this whole area when we were on vacation in Barcelona from the USA. Amazing people and architecture. This cathedral was very packed with tourist hardly room to walk so might want to check popular times on their website .

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FAQs

The cathedral provides free entry for worship and prayer during the following times: On weekdays, visit the cathedral between 08:30 am to 12.30 pm and 05:45 pm to 07:30 pm.
It is an ancient Roman Catholic cathedral, which serves as a place of celebration and worship. It is an epitome of Catalan gothic architecture in the fourteenth century. ...
The patron saint of Barcelona, the martyr Santa Eulalia, was persecuted to death in late Roman times. Her corpse is interred under the main altar. Every year, Santa Eulalia is celebrated on February 12th....
The construction period spans nearly two centuries between the 13th and 15th centuries. Construction began in 1298. The church was consecrated in 1339, although the cloister was completed after 150 years. It is a significant place of worship....
Josep Oriol Mestres I Esplugas and August Font I Carreras were the architects of Barcelona Cathedral....
Men should slip into long trousers, and women should drape a shawl or a full top covering their shoulders. Wearing shorts or being scanty dresses is frowned upon in Spanish religious life. ...
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