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Cathedral of Barcelona

Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia

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The Barcelona Cathedral is located in the famous Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. The official name of this cathedral is Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia, named after the patron saint of Barcelona Saint Eulalia. The nickname of this church is La Seu; a reference to the status of this church as the seat of the diocese.


The Cathedral of Barcelona is not as famous as Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia and yet this cathedral is a very popular place in Barcelona with both tourists and locals.


The cathedral is built in fifteenth-century Catalan Gothic architecture. And with a length of no less than 93 meters and a width of 40 meters, the size of this church is very impressive. The highest point of Barcelona Cathedral is no less than 70 meters high.


History of Barcelona Cathedral

The history of the cathedral of Barcelona goes all the way back to 343 BC When another church was built on the spot where the cathedral now stands. In 985 this church was completely destroyed by the Moors. Since then, several Christian churches have been built on this site.

Between 1046 and 1058 the construction of a Romanesque cathedral started. Various extensions were made over the years, such as the Romanesque chapel between 1257 and 1268. Due to various wars, it took a long time to complete the construction of the cathedral. For example, the main building of this cathedral was not finished until 1460.

But the completion of the construction of the cathedral, as it stands today, took many times longer. The construction of Barcelona Cathedral was not completed until the twentieth century, when the Gothic facade and central spire of the cathedral were completed.



The main highlights of Barcelona Cathedral

The Crypt of Saint Eulalia.

In the crypt of the Cathedral of Barcelona you can see the sarcophagus of Santa Eulalia. Santa Eulalia, the patron saint of Barcelona, is a young woman who was tortured to death in AD 304 for defending her faith.

The cloister next to the Barcelona Cathedral. This 14th-century monastery is located right next to Barcelona Cathedral. A special fact about this monastery is that there are always 13 white geese present in the central square of this monastery. These 13 geese represent the years of life of the young woman Santa Eulalia. Each year represents a year of this girl's life.


Furthermore, it is alsochoir of the cathedralof Barcelona very special to see. This choir is a beautiful set of carved wooden seats and one of the most beautiful places in this cathedral.

And then of course there is the highlight of the Cathedral of the Barcelona, and then literally. You can go tothe roof of Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia. With an elevator you will be taken to the roof and you can enjoy a special view over Barcelona with the spire of the cathedral in the foreground. Very special thing to do.


Barcelona Cathedral, a major landmark in Barcelona

Although the cathedral of Barcelona, Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia, cannot be compared with the Sagrada Familia, this cathedral is definitely worth a visit. It is a famous place in Barcelona and also located in one of the most beautiful and lively areas of Barcelona. The Barcelona Cathedral is definitely a must-see during your visit to Barcelona.

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Address: Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002 Barcelona

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