Visit the Barcelona Cathedral, the city’s gothic cathedral

The Cathedral of Barcelona is also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia and although it does not have the fame of the Sagrada Familia, it is one of the most beautiful temples in Barcelona.

In the same place where this cathedral is located, there was previously a Romanesque temple, which in turn was built on a Visigothic church.

The construction was carried out between the 13th and 15th centuries, although the façade that we can see today was completed in the 19th century.

Visit the Cathedral of Barcelona

What to see outside

Barcelona - Barcelona CathedralThe most remarkable thing about the façade of the Barcelona Cathedral is that it is in the Gothic style despite having been completed in the 19th century.

This is due to the fact that the works, which were stopped, decided to continue on the occasion of the Universal Exhibition of 1888 but continuing the initial style.

This neo- Gothic façade is 40 meters wide and is crowned by a large 70-meter-high tower flanked by two other smaller towers.

You also have to pay special attention to your front door. In it we can see presiding over an image of Jesus Christ with the images of the apostles at his side.

In the porch there are a total of 76 sculptures of prophets, angels and kings.

What to see inside the Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona - Crypt of Santa EulaliaBehind the beautiful Gothic façade of the Barcelona Cathedral we have a spectacular temple that leaves no one indifferent. Inside, the naves are all at the same height, giving the impression that there is only one.

Inside we can highlight the Crypt of Santa Eulalia, which is located under the High Altar and was built in the fourteenth century.

It is accessed through wide stairs until you reach a vault where the Sarcophagus of Santa Eulalia is located, a 13-year-old girl who was martyred during Roman times to end up being crucified.

Another of the most interesting places to visit in this cathedral is the Choir, made up of magnificent wooden stalls in which different scenes from the Old Testament and the Passion are represented. In addition, there are several chapels on the sides, among which the Chapel of Santo Cristo de Lepanto stands out, a Christ with great devotion in Barcelona.

Nor should we miss the Cloister of the Cathedral where we can find 13 geese in memory of the 13 years that Santa Eulalia was when she was martyred.

You can find more information on the official website of the Gothic Cathedral of Barcelona

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