Though, understandably, much of Barcelona church buzz surrounds Gaudi's much more recent, and famed Sagrada Familia, the city of Barcelona is also home to the stunning Barcelona Cathedral, one of my favorite places in Spain!
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Considering a visit to Barcelona Cathedral?
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, or Barcelona Cathedral, as it's more commonly known, is a must-see spot on your trip to Barcelona. Nestled in Barcelona's almost unbelievably historic Gothic Quarter, the block surrounding the Cathedral feels like a movie set. Even in my incredibly jet-lagged state, I said "oh my God" aloud so many times that I actually annoyed myself.
Built at the height of Catholic power in Spain, Barcelona Cathedral, like all European cathedrals is more than a religious space. It's a reflection of how a society spent its time, money, and energy - the center of the world in the era, made solid in magnificent stone.
If you're interested in exploring the fictionalized growth of a great European cathedral before, during, or after your visit, I'd strongly recommend Ken Follett's classic, Pillars of the Earth.
So, without further ado let's walk through the 5 things you need to know about Barcelona Cathedral before your visit!
It's in the most beautiful neighborhood in Barcelona
While Barcelona Cathedral is your destination, Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is worth a full day of exploration. Unbelievably narrow, winding streets, gorgeous stone buildings that have stood the test of time, historic sights, and delicious food are all to be found in this European gem.
If you love Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, consider a stay at the Mercer Barcelona, one of very few hotels in the historic area!
It was built in the 14th Century:
Thirteen white geese live in The Well of the Geese, in the center of Barcelona Cathedral.
Why thirteen, you ask? The Cathedral was built in honor of a saint, Saint Eulalia of Barcelona, said to have been martyred during Roman rule in Barcelona, at the age of...you guessed it, thirteen.
Today, Barcelona Cathedral's courtyard makes for a gorgeous, green stroll in the middle of a major metropolis. Oh and it's where you'll find the gift shop, as well!
You can visit Barcelona Cathedral's rooftop!
Tickets cost 3 euros and can be purchased at the Cathedral during your visit.
The surrounding square is incredible in the evening
The Spanish are well-known night owls and Barcelona is no exception. The city comes alive in the evening, when the sun is down, the heat is gone, and it's time for a few cocktails. Placita de la Seu, the plaza across from the Neo-Gothic facade boasts a lively antique market, in addition to your fellow, strolling tourists.
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I hope you enjoy your visit to stunning Barcelona! Don't forget to check out all of my other Spain travel resources, including day trip recommendations and packing tips!
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