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