Although Gaudí’s Sagrada Família gets the lion’s share of attention, Barcelona Cathedral is a great addition to any city break.
The Cathedral is situated at the heart of Barcelona’s bustling gothic quarter, but is almost always less crowded than Sagrada Família. In fact, Barcelona Cathedral is often described as a little haven of peace in the city centre. Why not pop in to this oasis in the middle of your day exploring La Rambla and El Born?
Barcelona Cathedral is easy to spot, with a marvellous Gothic facade covered in gargoyles, complex stonework and soaring arches.
Step inside and you will immediately feel a sense of hush and awe. High vaulted ceilings and natural light combined with candlelight create a striking effect.
There is plenty to discover as you wander around the cathedral – historical artefacts, sculpture and the crypt of Saint Eulalia – one of Barcelona’s patron saints.
The cloister, with its 13 resident geese and tranquil garden, is always popular with visitors.
You can pay a small fee to take an elevator to the cathedral’s roof, which gives way to stunning views of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.
Your Guide to: The History
Constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries, Barcelona cathedral is packed with Gothic architecture and sculpture, with some fine examples of Romanesque work thrown in for good measure.
Barcelona Cathedral is one of the few buildings in the city to survive the Spanish Civil War largely intact. You really get a sense of the rich history of this cathedral as you wander through its aisles, chapels and cloister.
Combine Barcelona Cathedral with:
- An afternoon wandering around the Gothic Quarter
- La Ramblas and La Boqueria Market
- Lunch at Plaça Reial (Plaza Real)
What you need to know:
If you visit before 1pm or later than 5.30pm, entry to the cathedral is free.
It’s worth checking the cathedral’s current mass times before you visit. Visiting during mass gives a complete experience of Barcelona Cathedral.