Pont del Bisbe

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Pont del Bisbe
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Neighborhood: Barrio Gòtico (Barri Gòtic)
With its iconic, old-Europe streets and alleys, this picturesque neighborhood is the very heart of Barcelona. It blends historic artifacts from its days under Roman dominion up through the Spanish Civil War with a vibrant modern-day culture of artisan shops and authentic culinary experiences. Avid explorers will be thrilled to discover quaint terraces and plazas brought to life by the many small bars and local musicians lasting late into the night. Fashionistas will be drawn to Portal de L’Angel, which is lined with well-known brand names and smaller boutique stands.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 3 min walk
  • Liceu • 5 min walk
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CPaM68
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We came across Pont del Bisbe (The Bishop's Bridge) on our Rick Steves walking tour of the Gothic Quarter. It’s actually not a bridge, but a covered walkway connecting the Government Palace and the Canon's House. It’s said to be one of the most famous and one of the most photographed places in the Gothic Quarter. Why, I’m not exactly sure. Although its Gothic style is very intricate and beautiful, it was only built in the 1920s, so it is not nearly as old as it looks. Many legends and superstitions exist about the bridge - notice the skull and dagger on the underside. One legend says that if the dagger through the skull is removed, the city of Barcelona will be destroyed. Another legend is that if you make a wish and walk backwards under the bridge while looking at the skull, your wish will come true. I wish I would have known that before I visited and walked forward underneath it. I’m not too sure if it will work, but I guess it’s worth a try, and at least it will be a good photo opt. Pont del Bisbe is right around the corner from the cathedral and is easy to find.
Written October 12, 2021
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK157,833 contributions
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The El Pont del Bisbe is a small bridge that connects Palau de la Generalitat to La Casa dels Canonges. A very popular sight in Barcelona and I'm not surprised as it's postcard picture perfect.
Written July 17, 2019
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pamstott
Sydney, Australia14 contributions
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Beautiful street in which the bridge is situated (bishop street) and definitely worth a stroll.... the detail on the bridge is incredible
Written July 16, 2018
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MerseysideTinkerbell
Merseyside, UK4,574 contributions
This is not too far from the Cathedral and it is said to be like the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. I guess it may look of a similar style but .........
This is actually some information on the bridge and you will see that although it is in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona it is not actually that old at all, in fact not even 100 years old yet!
One of the most photographed sights in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, El Pont del Bisbe (Bishop’s Bridge) was built for the Barcelona International Exposition which took place in 1929.
The bridge was designed by architect Joan Rubió I Bellver who suggested that all non-Gothic buildings in the immediate vicinity of Barcelona Cathedral should be demolished and replaced by new Gothic style buildings.
Fortunately, Rubió’s plan to beautify the Gothic Quarter was rejected and only the bridge, which links the Palau de la Generalitat to La Casa dels Canonges, was built.
So although maybe well photographed it is not actually that old, but still nice to go and see. Just when you see something and take a photo of it, make sure you find out the information about it.
Written March 1, 2022
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Rabih SOUAID
Beirut, Lebanon2,212 contributions
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Close to Barcelona Cathedral.
visit Duration: 15 minutes.

The bridge bears the name of Obispo Irurita, who was the bishop of Barcelona. This bridge links the Palau de la Generalitat to La Casa dels Canonges.

You will notice the Skull and dagger motif decorating the underside of the bridge. Many superstitions exist. Among them that the skull rather than being a stone carving, it is in fact a real human skull!

Another legend says that if the dagger which traverses the skull is ever removed then the city of Barcelona will be destroyed.

Another legend states that if you make a wish while walking backwards under the bridge and looking directly at the skull then that wish will come true.
Written April 11, 2019
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chriswood72
Nottingham, UK1,381 contributions
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The Pont del Bisbe (Bishop Street Bridge) is a Gothic bridge built in 1928 and connects the House of Canons with the Palau de la Generalitat.
The decor is inspired by the forms of flamboyant Gothic and one of the most photographed sights in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona.
You are bound to come across it whilst exploring the Gothic Quarter.
Similar to the Bridge of Sighs in Venice/Oxford.
Written March 27, 2017
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Ed T
San Marino, CA107 contributions
Couples
So we walked around and around using google map to tracked this bridge. It took us awhile but we found it eventually. It is near the Barcelona Cathedral! So many tourists here !
Written January 6, 2019
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LUCKY J
Orlando, FL725 contributions
Couples
The Pont del Bisbe (Bishops Bridge) is a elevated pedestrian bridge located in the amazing Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. The bridge was built in 1928, the architect of this bridge wished to construct new buildings in the surrounding area and this bridge was his showcase. The city planners rejected his plans which left the architect bitter. The architect then proceeded to carved a skull and crossbones in the bridge. Legend states that anyone who crosses the bridge and spots the skull and bones is destined to fall prey to an evil spirit. Jolly Chriss.
Written November 15, 2018
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larrysy
Toronto, Canada223 contributions
Couples
A lot of tour groups pass through here and when there is a crowd, it's fiesta time for pickpockets. Be aware of your belongings when you are admiring the views - somebody will just bump into you "accidentally". My wife was almost a victim - luckily the credit card holder in her bag is very tight.
Written October 18, 2017
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Philip N
Bel Air, MD160 contributions
It reminds me of the Bridge of Sighs. Without the canals. Or the prison. But it is still really neat and you will probably stumble upon it when you are wandering aroung Barcelona Cathedral.
Written October 21, 2019
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