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Barcelona Cathedral

A magnificent Gothic cathedral in the old centre of Barcelona, and the seat of the Archbishop of Spain.

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For just €3 you can visit the roof of the Cathedral and get amazing views of the city - as well as a good look at the gargoyles.

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The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is a gorgeous Gothic cathedral in the old centre of the bustling Catalan city; it is also the seat of the Archbishop of Spain. Construction of the Cathedral began at the end of the 13th century during the reign of King James II of Aragon, and took around 150 years to complete, by which time King Alfonso V ruled the kingdom. It was built on the site where two less regal Christian churches had previously stood; a primitive paleo-Christian temple was replaced by a Romanesque Cathedral in 1058, which was in turn replaced with the majestic Gothic structure we see today.

The Cathedral is dedicated to Saint Eulalia, a young virgin who became a martyr for her faith when she was killed during the persecutions of the Roman Emperor Diocletian. The story goes that she was publicly shamed by being forced to go naked in the streets, but that snow miraculously fell to cover her. She was then put in a barrel which was stuck through with knives and rolled down the street, now called Baixade de Santa Eulalia. Her tomb is in the crypt of the Cathedral.

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Eulalia is also commemorated in the Font de les Oques, a well in the cloister which houses thirteen white geese - the age at which the saint was allegedly martyred. While the structure and internal decoration of the Cathedral were completed by the 15th century, its neo-Gothic façade was added at the end of the 19th century, covering the rather plain original exterior; the roof was also adorned with an impressive range of gargoyles.

Mass is celebrated daily in the Cathedral and the church remains extremely popular with members of the Catholic community today. Visitors of the Cathedral can marvel at its magnificent Gothic art, Baroque altar, splendid choir and the mysterious sepulchre of St. Eulalia. If you are lucky enough to visit during the feast of Corpus Christi, you may see the Catalan tradition of the Dancing Egg - a hollowed egg suspended dancing on the jet of the cloister’s fountain.

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Related Tours

All-Inclusive Full Day Highlights Tour of Barcelona
Get the VIP treatment in Barcelona and explore the Catalan city with your own private guide and driver. On your private tour, you will:

  • Be met by a private guide, who will escort you throughout the day.
  • Enjoy tickets included to three of Barcelona’s main attractions: La Sagrada Familia, Park Güell, and Barcelona’s Cathedral. 
  • Enjoy a driving tour in the middle of the day to see several of the highlights, which are spread throughout the city. 
  • See other architectural marvels of Gaudi’s work – Casa Vicens, Casa Battló, and Casa Milá.
  • Stop for a traditional lunch at La Barceloneta, where your guide will recommend a local restaurant (price not included). 
  • Spend your afternoon exploring Barcelona's Gothic Quarter including Las Ramblas and El Mercado de Boqueria, and the Jewish Quarter.
  • Finish your tour with entrance tickets to the Barcelona Cathedral and its panoramic rooftop, where your guide will part with you. 
Explore the best of Barcelona on an all-inclusive, full-day tour where your guide and driver will make sure you not only see the highlights of the city but also see the places which are hidden in plain sight. 

Of course, you will explore Gaudí's imprint on the city. Not only was he one of the most influential architects of Barcelona’s modern and art nouveau period in the late 19th and early 20th century, but in history. His architectural masterpieces helped transform the city of Barcelona to the thriving, bustling, historical, and cultural metropolitan city it is today. You will get a sense of Gaudí’s innovative and eccentric mind as you walk into the various edifices designed by Gaudí, from the cathedral spires at La Sagrada Familia to the gingerbread gatehouses, grottos and ceramic animals in Park Güell. You will also see the world-renowned Casa Batlló, Casa Milá, and Casa Vicens Gaudi.

After lunch, you will explore the Gothic Quarter, including Las Ramblas. Occupying the area between La Rambla, Via Laietana, the Seafront and the Ronda de Sant Pere, the Barri Gòtic is the heart of the old city of Barcelona. Many of the buildings in this area date from the Middle Ages, and some even go back as far as the rule of the Roman Empire:  the remains of a Roman wall can still be seen dotted around the district. Within the quarter you will find many of Barcelona’s oldest and most intriguing churches. A highlight is the 14th-century Catalan-Gothic Santa Maria del Pi, which boasts beautiful high pointed Gothic arches as well as the flying buttresses so notable in this style of architecture. Enjoy an easy day seeing all the city has to offer on this all-inclusive tour, where every detail has been thoughtfully arranged in advance for you.

Please note: Your clothing must be appropriate to enter the two cathedrals visited on this tour (Sagrada Familia and Barcelona Cathedral). Your shoulders must be covered, you cannot wear see-through clothing, nor have an exposed back or belly (no swimwear). 
The Historic Heart For Kids Private Walking Tour inc Tickets: Roman and Gothic History
In this three-hour tour, you and your family will learn more about the rich history of the Gothic Centre of Barcelona, which has developed enormously since the Roman period to become the thriving hub that it is today. 

  • Explore the majestic Barcelona Cathedral (Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia).
  • Discover the historic Gothic Quarter – where your kids will love learning about its Roman past.  
  • Treat your senses to the smells, tastes and sights of Boquería Market
  • Stroll through Las Ramblas – Barcelona's iconic, bustling promenade. 
  • Our team will match the perfect guide to entertain and inspire all ages.
  • Safely navigate the city, avoiding traffic and busy crowds. 
The Gothic Quarter – also known as Barri Gòtic, is the area that stretches from Las Ramblas to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere and is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. It is known as the Gothic Quarter, as it used to be the location of a Roman village and some of the remnants still remain.  As you enter each magical street and hidden squares, you and your family will learn about the fascinating history of this area that was first founded by the Romans. 
Best of Barcelona's Private Walking Highlights with Tickets
Uncover the rich history of the Gothic centre of Barcelona, which has developed since the Roman period to become the thriving capital of Catalonia that it is today. On your private tour, you will: 

  • Explore the highlights of the city, including the iconic Las Ramblas promenade, with a private guide. 
  • Try your luck at haggling in La Boquería marketplace, and see where locals shop for their produce and meats.
  • Discover sleepy churchyards, medieval alleyways and crumbling Gothic Palaces
  • Learn about the Roman beginnings of the Old Town, and see remnants of this lost past. 
  • Finish your tour with a self-guided visit to the majestic Barcelona Cathedral with tickets included to the cathedral and its rooftop. Audioguides will also be made available. 
  • Please note: the Barcelona Cathedral is a place of worship. Out of respect to the Cathedral, please be sure your knees and shoulders are covered.

The Gothic Quarter – also known as Barri Gòtic, is the area that stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere and is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. It is known as the Gothic Quarter, as it used to be the location of a Roman village and some of the remnants still remain. Currently, the Gothic Quarter is one of the most exciting parts of the city as it’s home to some of Barcelona’s most famous landmarks, excellent restaurants, amazing restaurants and many squares (plaças) to relax and unwind. 

Your tour will end with entrance tickets to the Barcelona Cathedral.  The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is a gorgeous Gothic cathedral in the old centre of the bustling Catalan city; it is also the seat of the Archbishop of Spain. Construction of the Cathedral began at the end of the 13th century during the reign of King James II of Aragon and took around 150 years to complete. While the structure and internal decoration of the Cathedral were completed by the 15th century, its neo-Gothic façade was added at the end of the 19th century, covering the rather plain original exterior; the roof (which your tickets give you access to) was also adorned with an impressive range of gargoyles. Enjoy this masterpiece as the capstone to your highlights tour. 

Barcelona's Gothic Quarter Live Virtual Tour
On this Live Virtual Tour, we will take you to Barcelona's historic Gothic Quarter, an area that stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere the old city of Barcelona. It is known as the Gothic Quarter as it used to be the location of a Roman village and some of the remnants can still be admired.

On the Live Virtual Tour of the Gothic Quarter you will discover:

  • Barcelona Cathedral  (also known as Cathedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia) was constructed from the 13th-15th centuries
  • Plaça del Rei (King's Square), a medieval public square in the Gothic Quarter
  • Barcino, the Roman Aqueduct which has its caput aquae in the hills of Moncada and was the original water supply of the city
  • Parliament Square located in Parc de la Ciutadella

The Gothic Quarter is perhaps one of the most exciting parts of the city to explore, as it’s home to some of Barcelona’s most famous and iconic landmarks. Buzzing with charming cafés and amazing restaurants it also has many squares (plaças) to relax and unwind in. 

Full of life, with a great atmosphere, Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is one of the most vibrant parts of the city to explore. Visit iconic landmarks and some of the city's most famous buildings during this Live Virtual Tour with Travel Curious.
Barcelona's Gothic Quarter Night Virtual Tour
On this Night Virtual Tour, we will take you to Barcelona's historic Gothic Quarter, an area that stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere and is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. 

It is known as the Gothic Quarter as it used to be the location of a Roman village and some of the remnants still can be admired. 

The Gothic Quarter is perhaps one of the most exciting parts of Barcelona as it’s home to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, excellent restaurants, charming cafés and many squares (plaças) to relax and unwind in. 

You will discover:
  • Barcelona Cathedral (also known as Cathedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia) was constructed from the 13th-15th centuries
  • Plaça del Rei (King's Square), a medieval public square in the Gothic Quarter
  • Barcino, the Roman Aquaduct which has its caput aquae in the hills of Moncada and was the original water supply of the city
  • Parliament Square located in Parc de la Ciutadella
Full of life, with a great atmosphere, Barcelona's Gothic Quarter is one of the most vibrant parts of the city to explore which really comes alive at night. 

Visit iconic landmarks and some of the city's most famous buildings during this Live Virtual Tour with Travel Curious.
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