Tuesday, December 6, 2011

BARCELONA GOTHIC QUARTER: CATHEDRAL



Today I would like to speak about one of the points of reference in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter: The Cathedral. Around the cathedral are located some of the most beautiful buildings, streets and squares of this lovely area in Barcelona, like:



One of the walks I like the most in Barcelona is to walk around the cathedral along the streets of Els Comtes de Barcelona, La Pietat and El Carrer del Bisbe admiring the gothic elements of the cathedral and the gothic buildings of La Plaça del Rei.


Main facade of the Barcelona Cathedral
 Main facade of the Barcelona Cathedral recently restored



A bit of history

Barcelona Cathedral was built over six centuries. Funded by donations from the medieval brotherhoods and guilds, the building work in Santa Creu commenced in 1298, on consecrated ground which was the former site of a 14th-century early-Christian basilica, which had been destroyed by al-Mansur’s troops. Only the baptistery survives from this building.

The chapel of Santa Llúcia was part of the Romanesque church built prior to the Gothic Cathedral, while the oldest surviving doorway is the Porta de Sant Iu. The main façade and bell tower were completed around 1890, following the original plans, in the neo-Gothic style.

Gothic windows of the Barcelona Cathedral
Gothic windows and details of the main facade of the Barcelona Cathedral, dedicated to Santa Eulàlia, one of Barcelona’s patron saints

The interior is an impressive sight with 25 side chapels, the magnificent 14th-century cloister, the choir stalls. The pulpit and the crypt, which is the burial place of Santa Eulàlia, one of Barcelona’s patron saints, are also extremely beautiful.

Barcelona cathedral doorway
Gothic archivolts of the Barcelona cathedral doorway


The Latin-cross floor plan and cross vault, as well as the magnificent stained-glass windows, fill the Barcelona Cathedral with light.

The following pictures show some of the beautiful details of the Barcelona Cathedral.


The apse of the Barcelona Cathedral
The apse of the Barcelona Cathedral, where you can see the buttress, and one of the two octagonal bell tower

Bell tower of the Barcelona Cathedral
Detail of the previous octagonal bell tower of the Barcelona Cathedral

The apse of the Barcelona Cathedral
Gothic windows between the buttress of the apse of the Barcelona Cathedral 

Doorway of Barcelona cathedral called La Pietat
Doorway of La Pietat, one of the most beautiful gothic details of  the Barcelona Cathedral

Gothic doorway of Sant Iu
Gothic doorway of Sant Iu, the oldest doorway of the Barcelona Cathedral

Gothic cloister of the Barcelona Cathedral
The cross vault of the magnificent 14th-century gothic cloister of the Barcelona Cathedral


Fountain inside the cloister of the Barcelona Cathedral
A fountain inside the cloister of the Barcelona Cathedral

Gothic archs in the cloister of the Barcelona Cathedral
Side chapels between gothic archs in the cloister of the Barcelona Cathedral


Altar of the Barcelona Cathedral
The interior of the Barcelona Cathedral is an impressive sight with 28 side chapels between the columns supporting the gothic vault. In this picture, the altar

Chapel of Santa Llúcia in Barcelona
The chapel of Santa Llúcia, located next to the cloister, was part of the Romanesque church built prior to the Gothic Cathedral

If you like gothic architecture, you would be interested in visiting the following religious buildings in Barcelona:


I have visited other beautiful cathedrals, like:

- In Catalonia



- In Spain



- In Europe



Next you have some useful information in case you want to visit the Barcelona Cathedral:

- Address: Pla de la Seu, s/n
- Phone: 933 428 260
- How to get there:
  • Metro L4, stop Jaume I.
  • Bus 17, 19, 40 and 45.
  • Barcelona Bus Turístic, stop Barri Gòtic.
- Web site: www.catedralbcn.org
- Guided Visits: 933 428 260

Finally, clicking on the next link you will find links to other beautiful places in Barcelona, among them, more nice places inside the Gothic Quarter.


4 comments:

Harriet said...

The Cathedral is lovely, there are loads of wonderful religious building in Barcelona you can see. I made an article about the most beautiful cathedrals in the city which you can access by clicking on my name.

Frank said...

I agree with you Harriet. Barcelona has many fantastic religious buildings. I have read your article and I found it interesting. Apart from Sagrada Família, Santa Maria del Mar, Cathedral of Barcelona and Temple Expiatori del Sagrat Cor, I would speak about Santa Maria del Pi too. Santa Maria del Pi is a jewel of Catalan Gothic architecture located in the Gothic District of Barcelona.

Neus said...

Felicitats pel blog.
T'escric per que estic treballant en l'edició d'un llibre sobre Cervantes i Barcelona, i ens agradaría que col·laborèssis amb alguna de les teves fotografies.
Cordialment,
npinol@marge.es

Frank said...

Moltes gràcies pel teu comentari, Neus. Sempre fan molta il·lusió i són una bona dosi de motivació.

Thank you for your comment, Neus. I like reading them and they are a good dose of motivation.