Cathedral de la Santa Crus i Santa Eulalia

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Beautiful Cathedral in the Gothic Area! Dec 02, 2008
The Santa Cruz and Santa Eulàlia Cathedral, better known as the Cathedral of Barcelona, was constructed between 1928 and 1450. The façade remained unfinished until the late 19th Century, when the construction resumed to celebrate the Universal Exposition in 1888.

The most remote origins of this Cathedral, of Gothic style, correspond to early Christian Basilica of three buildings, that was destroyed by Al-Mansur in 925 and of which the remains can be seen in the Museo de Historia de la Ciudad (Museum of History of Barcelona). Towards 1046 the construction commenced of a new temple, of Romanesque style, constructed upon the actual Cathedral.

It is dedicated to Santa Cruz and Santa Eulàlia, patrons of the city, which is why in the Gothic cloister live three white geese (homage to age thirteen the saint was when she was martyred and executed).

The Cathedral consists, of three buildings at the same height, and of the cloister. Its interior is sober and elegant and accommodates 27 chapels. Down the chancel, in a vault, where you reach it descending a staircase, rests the remains of Santa Eulàlia. The cloister has a central gardenwhere geese are kept , of 25 by 25 metres, surrounded by four galleries.

The main façade, of Neo-Gothic, is 40 metres wide and is extremely decorated by a multitude of figures that represent angels and saints. It emphasises two bell towers, practically twins, that date back to XIV Century; one contains new bells and the other a clock. The 70 metres high cimborio designed by August Font i Carreras, was constructed in the beginning of the 20th Century.

In front of the Cathedral there is a great esplanade, always very crowded and as such, one may sit in one of the outdoor seating and have a drink while observing the temple. On the festive days expect to see the traditional Catalan dance, performed here.
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