Main Cathedral of Barcelona with neo-Gothic facade
Barcelona’s most important cathedral does not disappoint. It is slightly set-back and raised above street level on the Pla de la Seu, immediately conveying its importance. A large pointed arch doorway in the centre invites us inside, the shape of which is repeated in the stonework around the doorway like ripples in a puddle. This arch shape is mirrored in the 8 windows which flank the main entrance. The whole of the main facade is covered in the most intricate stonework, topped off by three spires that sit on top of the cathedral which look so delicate that they could break.
The cathedral has three naves, inside which you can appreciate the full splendour of the stained-glass windows which illuminate the cathedral, and the many columns which come together perfectly in the centre of the only apse.
The current building was constructed in 1448, with the addition of the middle spire in 1913. However, this has been a site of Christian worship for much longer, with the oldest evidence of a Christian church standing here in the 4th century. The relics of Saint Eulàlia, the patron saint of Barcelona, are buried under the main altar of the Cathedral, and Santa Eulàlia is celebrated in Spain on the 12th February every year.
Catedral de Barcelona
Pla de la Seu, Barcelona, 08002