One of the city’s most remarkable landmarks, the ancient cathedral is located in the Gothic Quarter, the historic center of Barcelona. A functioning Roman Catholic cathedral which still acts as a place of worship and celebration, the cathedral is also a major attraction and a symbol of Barcelona’s status as an important Spanish city.
Most people simply refer to the edifice as the Barcelona cathedral but its real name reveals that it is dedicated to the co-patron saint of Barcelona, Saint Eulalia of Barcelona. She shares this privileged status with fellow co-patron saint, La Mercè, who in turn is celebrated each year on September 24th.
If you hear locals referring to the cathedral as La Seu don’t be surprised. The word seu is Catalan for ‘seat’ and is used to refer to the Church because it is the seat of the diocese of Barcelona. The cathedral is home to the Archbishop of Barcelona, Juan José Omella i Omella, who was appointed to the position in 2015.
The cathedral was built over the span of nearly two centuries between the 13th and 15th centuries, with construction beginning in the year 1298. Although the cloister was completed some 150 years later, the building was consecrated in 1339 and has been a major place of religious worship ever since.
Located in the center of the historic Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, the cathedral is particularly appreciated by visitors for its Gothic design. The most notable features include pointed archways, the ribbed vaults which are visible from inside the Cathedral and the many gargoyles which can be seen on the roof.
On the other hand, La Sagrada Familia is considered to be the best example of Modernist architecture designed by Antoni Gaudí and every day thousands of tourists explore this curious but unfinished temple.
The construction of the structure began in 1882. It was designed initially in a Neo-Gothic style. A year later it was commissioned to Antoni Gaudí, who redesigned it entirely. He drafted a remarkable and original basilica that was to have 18 towers. However, he died before he could complete this chef d’oeuvre, having only built one of the church’s towers.
Gaudí passed away in 1926, leaving his most important project, which he was devoted to, unfinished. Nevertheless, thanks to his architectural plans, his work continues to be built to this day by renowned architects. The money for the construction is obtained by the many visits to this impressive visit and various donations.
Although it isn’t completed, the Sagrada Familia is an impressive temple packed with religious symbolism. These are some of its most splendid components:
One of the most common questions related to the Sagrada Familia is when the structure will be completed. This is a difficult question to answer. Since it was founded in 1882, it has been built thanks to donations. This is why the Sagrada Família is taking so long to complete and it could take several years to finish.