Le Seu (1262-1426) is a lovely backdrop to the City’s Plaza de la Reina on one side and the Plaza de la Virgen on the other. When you enter through the extravagant 18th Century Baroque Puerta de los Hierros the comparatively plain nave, bathed in subtle light from the alabaster windows, comes as something of a surprise, but a not unwelcome one on bright summer days. The chancel, all gold and colour and decoration, reflects the exuberant spirit of the Puerta. Look for paintings by Goya, the arm of St Vincent and the red agate Holy Chalice, said to be the Holy Grail. Two hundred and sixty-two steps lead to the top of the 50m bell tower, El Miguelete, giving panoramic views over the City.
For a good experience of Le Seu, go when there is a main service on, or, better still, rise early and slip in a side door and enjoy the peace of early morning Mass.
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