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97 reviews of Barcelona Cathedral

See ana schwarz's photos
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Pleasant experience

Old gothic-style temple, official building of the Archbishopric of the city of Barcelona in Catalunya. It is named Santa Eulalia after the patron saint of this lovely Catalan city.

It is located in the center of the city and is highly visited by the tourists, most of all for its beauty (even though the exterior was being restored during my visit).

The temple is 90 meters high and 40 meters wide. It also has a cloister. The cloister has a lovely garden and there are four galleries on the sides.

The cathedral has three naves, the central one being the biggest. It has various chapels, 29 in total, with lovely images dedicated to different saints. Although this Cathedral was built between the 13th and 15th century, the current facade dates back to 1888 as part of the works for the Universal Exposition of Barcelona.

Most of the interior chapels are beautiful, but the chapel dedicated to Santa Lucía has an old tomb where the remains of Francesc de Santa Coloma rest. The high altar is as beautiful for its window and artistic cross, designed by Federico Marés and the choir area is impressive with the holy stories sculpted in the walls dating back from the 14th century.

The geese in the garden of the cloister surprise me, as well as the fountains full of flowers beautifying the lovely garden, most of all because the day I visited the temple they celebrated a private event and everything was decorated. It was a very pleasant experience to visit this Cathedral and get to know its history.
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See aierim's photos
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Rediscovering the cathedral

I'm very pleased to see that the facade's reformation is progressively being finished and that every day we discover a little more of the rehabilitated face of the Barcelona Cathedral, even though there is still a long way to go.

Around 2003, the stones designing the main facade started to come off and fell piece after piece without anyone being able to do anything. This was when it was decided to cover it with green mesh in order to keep everyone safe. It's been 8 years already. If you go to see it, there are still scaffoldings and workers.

Problems with the foundation are the cause of these successive delays. It is very expensive and hard to find sponsors. This is why the campaign "sponsor a stone" started. People can participate on an individual basis and contribute to the cause.

The interior also needs to be reformed, especially the roofs are quite damaged and humidity and time don't really make it better.

During the Corpus festivities, one can see "L'ou com balla" (the dancing egg) in clouister's fountain, which consists in putting an egg shell and with the power of the pumps in the water it dances. It is no big secret but it is something very typical and that has been done for centuries, apart from being a curious thing to see.

The entrance fee to the Cathedral costs 5€ between 1 pm and 5 pm, including a visit in the choir, the cloister, the museum, terrace and the temple. If you go at another time of the day, apart from not having to pay, you will avoid the crowd of visitors. If you want to go up on the balcony, you have to pay for the elevator (2.50€) and you can enjoy views of the center of Barcelona. It is not very high but always interesting to see a city from another point of view.
See Chris's photos
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Truly amazing

Barcelona Cathedral (locally known as the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia) is truly one of the most amazing sights in Barcelona, and one skipped by too many visitors clamoring to see the Modernist buildings for which Barcelona is famous. The medieval cathedral dates back to the 13th-15th centuries and was built in honor of Saint Eulalia, patron saint of Barcelona. In fact, her remains are housed in crypt under the altar which is closed to visitors, but which you can still approach and view from the outside.

The most spectacular aspect of the cathedral, however, is the choir. As you approach the altar from the entrance, you'll pass through a choir of exquisitely-carved wooden chairs bearing the coats of arms of many of Spain's great dynasties. The level of preservation is astounding, especially considering the cathedral's age.

Seriously, you can't miss it if you're in Barcelona.
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Pleasant walk

A nice place to walk. There is a free access from the street going from Plaza San Jaume to Plaza de la Catedral. Inside the cloister, there are very proud gooses that would not stop going from one end to another to see what the tourists give them. You should not miss the small statue of Sant Jordi.
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Information about Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral Phone Number
+34 933 428 260
+34 933 428 260
Barcelona Cathedral Address
Pla de la Seu, s/n
Pla de la Seu, s/n
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