Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral, the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia

Please note the Cathedral in Barcelona is not La Sagrada Familia.

Barcelona's Cathedral dates from 1298 and is a mix of different architectural styles.

It has a Gothic cloister and Baroque chapels and an impressive 19th century facade each of them a homage to Spain's religious history.

A Christian baptistery was started here in the 6th century and was later replaced by a Romanesque basilica in the 11th century and then by the Gothic Cathedral that you can see today.

The Barcelona Cathedral is still the Barri Gotic's Spiritual Centre and one of Barcelona's sightseeing hot spots.

Start your visit from the main portal on Plaça de la Seu, it is the most impressive entrance.

You will find a series of chapels on your left as you enter and then the organ and the elevators to go to the terrace.

The views of the Barri Gotic from the terrace are great!

The Facade

What you can see in Barcelona's Cathedral

  • The main facade with its twin towers, the modernist stained windows and 100 carved angels.
  • In the cloister you will find palm trees, a large mossy fountain with a statue of Sant Jordi, and a flock of geese. The cloister dates back to the 14th century.
  • The choir stalls that were made in 1340 that are crowned with amazing wooden spires and decorated with coats of arms.
  • The Crypt of Santa Eulàlia with its alabaster sarcophagus dating from 1327, she was Barcelona's first patron saint.
  • The nave is huge and is held up by Gothic buttresses, below which you will find chapels... 16 in total.
  • The impressive organ that dates from the 16th century that still fills the cathedral with music during services.
  • The Capella del Santíssim Sacrament i Crist de Lepant that dates from the 15th century. The legend is that Crist de Lepant guided the Christian fleet in its battle against the Ottoman Turks in the 16th century.
  • The Museu Diocesà with its Gothic and Romanesque works of art from all over Catalonia.
  • What was once the rest house for the poor and pilgrims in the 11th century, Pia Almoina.
  • The Capella de Sant Benet, the patron saint of Europe, where you can see the alter piece by Catalan artist Bernat Martorell, “Transfiguration of the Lord”.
  • The lovely Romanesque chapel, Capella de Santa Llúcia, the patron saint of sight and vision. On the 13th of December you will find a lot of blind people praying at her chapel.

How to get there

  • Metro Line 3 (Green) Station Liceu
  • Metro Line 4 (Yellow) Station Jauma 1

Opening hours and prices

08h00 to 12h45, 17h15 to 19h00 Monday to Friday (until 18h00 on Sat & Sun)

Prices

  • Church and cloister free.
  • Lift to roof 2,50€
  • Choir 2€
  • Choir and Museum 5€ (13h30 to 16h00)

Casa de L'Ardiaca:

  • Open September to July
  • 0900 to 18h45 Monday to Friday
  • 09h00 to 13h00 Saturdays
  • August 09h00 to 13h00 Monday to Friday
  • Free

Museu Diocesà

  • Open June to September
  • Daily
  • October to May
  • Tuesday to Sunday
  • Daily in December
  • 6€

Address

Plaza de la Seu 3

08002 Barcelona (Barcelona)

Tel.:+34 933428260

Fax.:+34 933181681

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