Day Trip Rucksack
Small 10L day trip and museums rucksack
This page is about the 13th Century Roman Catholic Barcelona Cathedral in the Gothic Quarter
Historical excavations around Barcelona Cathedral reveal evidence of a religious structure from the forth century Roman period. The roman temple was destroyes by the moors in 985 A.D. Next followed a Romanesque chapel (built 1046 to 1058) and capella de Sant Lucia (built 1257 to 1268). The Capella was integrated into the cloister next to the catedral.
Construction of the current cathedral commenced on 1st May 1298 and was finished in 1460. The main façade is a later addition by architect Josep Oriol Mestres i Esplugas, built between 1887 and 1890 in a gothic style over the top of the original non descript medieval façade. The main tower was the last addition the the current cathedral being finished in 1913.
Barcelona Cathedral has a footprint of 93m by 40m with the central tower having a height of 70m while the two octagonal bell towers are at 50m.
The cloister, which encloses the Well of the Geese Font de les Oques, was completed in 1448. The cloister has 13 Geese, a symbolic number with one goose representing each year of Santa Eulàlia's life before her death.
When walking round the Cloister and the roof, note the gargoyles featuring a wide range of domestic and mythical animals.
The full name of the Barcelona Cathedral is Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Being named after the martyr Santa Eulàlia, patron saint of Barcelona. She was tortured to death in late Roman times after refusing the give up her belief in Jesus. She is buried under the main altar in a sarcophagus in the crypt.
Santa Eulàlia is a local holiday celebrated on 12 of February in Barcelona.
Barcelona Cathedral is the seat of the Bishop of Barcelona.
To visit the cathedral, entry is via the main front door in Placita de la Seu. The visit allows access to the inside cloistered garden, the main cathedral space and via lift to the roof for spectacular views of central gothic area of Barcelona, Montjuïc and the waterfront.
I recommend visiting the cloister with small chapels, gardens, fountains, medieval tombstones and geese. The 13 white geese are said to symbolise the age of Eulalia when she suffered her martyrdom. The tradition of goose husbandry is due to a very practical feature of the geese: their deafening noise was a good defence against unwanted intruders and thieves. From the cloister you reach the small museum containing two very precious statues representing the Santa Eulalia.
For 15 euros you can buy a combined ticket for the Barcelona Dioceses Museum and Cathedral visit that is 3 euros cheaper than buying separate tickets for both attractions.
Barcelona Cathedral has ramp access via a side entrance in Calle del Bisbe which gives access to the cloister and cathedral. The roof visit is accessed via an elevator but the does require walking up metal grill steps and along a metal grill walkway so is not viable with push chairs or wheel chairs.
There is bicycle anchorage Plaza de la Seu here 41.384662, 2.176070 although this is not a location I would consider it safe to leave a bicycle chained up unattended.
Access to the Barcelona Cathedral may be denied with large bags and rucksacks but I have always been allowed inside with my small 10L museum rucksack. You will be asked to remove your hat. No provocative clothing such as hot-pants, micro skirts or swimwear.
Address: Pla de la Seu, S/N, Barcelona. 8002
The Barcelona Dioceses Museum is located in the middle of the gothic quarter approximately equidistant from Plaza Catalunya on the green (L3) line or Jaume I on the yellow (L4) line of the metro network.