Thursday, 15 May 2014

Barcelona: Barcelona Cathedral

Aside from La Sagrada Família, another place of religious worship worth visiting is the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulália, translated to the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia and Barcelona's Cathedral. Work initially started on the building in 1298, and a significant portion of the building was constructed over two centuries between the 13th and 15th centuries; however it is not until 1913, it reached full completion with the last part of the central spire. Barcelona attractions are normally overshadowed by La Sagrada Família, but if you have the time, it's definitely worth venturing in as this building is an architectural delight located in the heart of Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. 

Named in part after Saint Eulalia, this lesser known martyr was a young girl who was tortured to death in the 4th century due to her beliefs - a bit like Joan of Arc. She only lived for 13 short years and as a nod to this, the cloister are filled with a gaggle of geese, 13 to be exact to represent each year of her life and a reminder of her actions. 

Having been raised a Roman Catholic and not stepped foot inside a church for some time, I felt the overpowering need to go to confession only to find out that the priests do not speak English. Can't say I didn't try! And of course the OH had to comment that clearly my sins are too big to be forgiven if I cannot attend confession in Spain... ><"...

Something I truly highly recommend is to pay €3 per person for a 10 second lift journey to the rooftops  of the Cathedral. From there, you can take in the stunning views of Barcelona.

Address: Pla Seu, 3, Barcelona
Contact Number: 00 34 933 428 262


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