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Barcelona Cathedral

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Barcelona Cathedral

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Skip-the-Line Gaudi's Casa Vicens Admission Ticket with Audioguide

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Visit this off-the-beaten-path Antoni Gaudí home on a self-guided tour of Casa Vicens. While less visited than some of Gaudí’s other Barcelona masterpieces—such as the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell—touring this historic house provides a deeper insight into the acclaimed architect. Plus, unlike Gaudí’s more crowded attractions, you can take unobscured photos of the building's unique architecture without hoards of people getting in the way.
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DERtravels wrote a review Sep 2020
Upland, California1,251 contributions248 helpful votes
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This Cathedral is one of the best examples of history in this historic area of the city. There are so many sights to see within the walls. If you are visiting during busy hours, the entrance fee is 7 euros and another 4 euros if you want an audio guide. It is well worth it. Visit the church proper, the crypt, the cloisters where the geese reside, the chapter hall. Dont forget to take the lift to the roofs for a very unique view of Barcelona..WOnderful firt shops, prayer corners. It is an active church so you could be limited entrance during services.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Aug 2020
Sydney, Australia2,555 contributions467 helpful votes
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As far as churches in Barcelona go, Sagrada Familia is the star attraction but it is also worth visiting Barcelona’s cathedral. It is an enormous, Gothic structure, dating from the late 1200s and entry is free (depending on what time you go). It has a strange and somewhat confusing entry system. For parts of the day, it is free to enter. If you get there before 12:30 or, if you wait and go after 5:45, then you can go inside for free. You only pay if you want to visit the roof (€3) or the choir stall (another €3). The rest of the time, in the middle of the day, it will cost you €7 BUT you don’t have to pay anything extra for the choir or the rooftop. So basically, if you plan on seeing everything, then you might as well go at whatever time you like because it’s only €1 difference. Keep in mind that if mass is on during the free times, you might not be allowed to see the choir or roof at all. If, like us, you only wanted to have a quick look inside, then it’s better to time your visit for the free entry. We went in the morning around 9 or 10am and there was virtually no line. From the outside, the main features are the 2 soaring bell towers and dome and the huge pointed Gothic arch above the doors. There are 80 or so statues on the façade. Jesus has prime position, standing in the middle of the two doors, overseeing everyone who enters. He is flanked by the 12 apostles on either side of the doors. Inside, the main features are: • The towering ceiling and arches • 40+ chapels, with no shortage of gold. Most of are for local saints so not many of them were familiar but there were signs on some chapels. Black Madonna. • Choir Stalls - although you can pay to go inside the central choir stalls, you can still see a glimpse of the ornately carved private stalls without having to go inside. • Crypt of St Eulalia is in front of the main altar. Her remains are in the Gothic alabaster sarcophagus, which has scenes of her martyrdom on the outside. The story of 13 year old Eulalia is particularly gruesome. She was martyred by the Romans who tortured her in 13 different ways, one for each year of her life, from throwing her into a ditch of quicklime to sealing her into a cask filled with broken glass, nails and knives and throwing her down a steep street. • Cloister courtyard with the famous 13 white Geese - somehow we missed this. I would have liked to have seen the courtyard but I didn't think of it until we were back outside and I hadn’t seen a sign or anything inside the church to prompt me. Apparently it’s through a white marble door on the right hand side, so don’t miss it like I did. TIP - Later that afternoon, we discovered a birds-eye view over the Cathedral at the roof-top bar of the Colon Hotel. It’s a very nice bar and was a spectacular way to see the Cathedral again.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Retired_Gentleman wrote a review Jul 2020
Southampton, United Kingdom246 contributions161 helpful votes
Although not as grand as La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona Cathedral is nonetheless an imposing building. The facade and entrance, with its sculptures and decorative sculptings, are magnificent. The interior is vast and we spent an hour of more walking round admiring the intricate stonework and wood carvings all around. Interesting features are Santa Eulàlia's Crypt and the 13 white geese in the Cloisters.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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MoonaMuslim wrote a review Apr 2020
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"La Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia" is a Gothic cathedral in the Barri Gòtic district. It is not as well known as "La Sagrada Familia", but it is a very beautiful and impressive church. And it is much more than a church, it is an imposing building, worth to visit, even when not religious. It is definitely worth a visit. The interior, with its 3 naves, shines wonderfully in the sunlight and is impressively designed with many decorations and with a lot of love for details. At the Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia you can find many epochs of European architecture - whether romantic or Gothic. Besides everything, the cloister (inner courtyard) with its palm trees, the fountain and the swans is a special impression for me. The roof is accessible and can be reached via an elevator at the Porta de Sant Iu. It offers a great view of the city, hinterland and sea. A great sight especially at sunrise and sunset. The bags are checked upon entry and you must wear sleeveless, knee-length clothing. So it takes a few minutes to get to the church. In summer on the small square in front of the cathedral spontaneous Catalan dances of the ordinary people take place every Sunday morning ("'Sardanes"). A few musicians play Catalan music.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Jane S wrote a review Mar 2020
Nashville, Tennessee228 contributions92 helpful votes
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I think that La Sagrada Familia gets most of the attention in Barcelona, but this cathedral deserves more. Construction began in 1298 and took 150 years to complete! Different guilds (such as a shoemaker's guild) built their own sections in the church along the sides. We took an audio tour and got a lot out of it. We enjoyed the 13 geese in the cloister too. The ancient walls which surround the cathedral bring to mind a walled city. It's a very worthwhile stop.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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