The Cathedral of Barcelona is an amazingly beautiful example of the Gothic style with distinctive life-affirming Catalan motives. Despite its massive nature that provokes the viewer’s thoughts about the unhappy Middle Ages, the cathedral boasts a mass of elegant details – a pompous Gothic “rosette” above the central entrance, slender columns and towering towers-towers. But the main attractions are located inside – the sculpture of Christ from the flagship of the Catalan fleet, 13 white geese to the glory of St. Eulalia and dizzying views of Barcelona from the dome of the cathedral.
Interior of the Cathedral
Entering the cathedral through the main entrance, you get into a huge, singing space, bounded somewhere by a high flying dome. The layout of the cathedral is a central wide nave and two side passages, separated from it by graceful columns.
The main masterpiece of the altar of the cathedral is the wooden sculpture of Christ of Lepant, once located on the nose of the flagship of the Spanish fleet in the battle with the Turks at Lepanto in 1571. Visible to the unaided eye curvature, the statue acquired, protecting the ship from the flying projectile. A little further away at an impressive height in the wall are the sarcophagi of Count and Countess Berenguer, with the active participation of which in the 11th century the predecessor of the present Cathedral was built. It is worth noting the 14th-century carved wooden chambers that rise in the center of the nave, crowned with the coat of arms of the Barcelona branch of the Order of the Golden Fleece. In the crypt under the altar, you can see the alabaster sarcophagus of Saint Eulalia, one of the patrons of Barcelona, martyred at the hands of Roman persecutors in the 4th century.
From the chapel of the Cathedral, the elevator lifts people to the observation deck at the dome. The cost of pleasure is 3 EUR.
A cozy inner courtyard of the cathedral with lush greenery and a fountain is worth a visit, where thirteen sleek white geese live and remember in memory of Saint Eulalia. In one of the adjoining chapels, the names of 930 worshipers perished during the civil war in Spain were immortalized.
The hall of church meetings, richly decorated with red velvet and carvings on a dark tree, presents several significant works of art, including “Pieta” by Bartolomeo Bermejo.
Visiting the cathedral with a minimum of tourists is best right after opening or in the evening. If you want to visit the interiors of the cathedral “to the maximum”, it makes sense to buy a single ticket: choirs, a meeting hall and a viewing platform on the roof for 7 EUR.
Visiting choirs – 3 EUR, observation deck on the roof – 3 EUR.
The nearest metro station: Jaume I.
Prices on the page are indicated as of May 2016.
13: 00-17: 30 entrance with donation
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