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!
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
The Crypt of Santa Eulàlia with its
alabaster sarcophagus dating from 1327, she was Barcelona's first
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
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