Catedral de Barcelona (Barcelona Cathedral)

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Catedral de Barcelona (Barcelona Cathedral)
Catedral de Barcelona (Barcelona Cathedral)
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Key Info

Pla Seu

Price & Hours

Free
Mon-Sat 8 a.m.-5 p.m. | Sun 2-5 p.m.

Details

Churches/Religious Sites, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Towering above the center of the Barri Gòtic district is Barcelona's principal cathedral. The Gothic cathedral's construction began in the late 13th century, though it wasn't completed until the mid-15th century. While you're here, make sure to dedicate plenty of time to the numerous examples of artisanship that went into completing this cathedral, from its exterior details to the many gold furnishings within, including the stately altarpiece, part of the Church of Saint Severas as well as 140 statues of saints that call the cathedral home. While you're here make sure to mosey on over to the cloister, which features a verdant tropical garden. 

Many travelers found the Catedral de Barcelona to be stunning, though visitors who have said that they've seen a number of European cathedrals prior didn't find this cathedral to be that noteworthy. If you have enough time, visitors highly suggest taking advantage of the opportunity to go to the top of the cathedral on the roof. There, visitors can get an eyeful of the spire up close as well as some prime city views. Whatever you choose to do, make sure to wear the proper attire. According to recent travelers, the dress code here is strict and knees and shoulders must be covered. Shawls are said to be for sale for those who need to cover up. 

The Barcelona Cathedral is open to visitors daily and entry to the cathedral is free depending on the time you visit. If you visit from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and after 3:15 p.m. any day of the week, entry is free. From 1 to 3:30 p.m. any day of the week, entry requires a donation of your choice. To get to the top of the roof or into the choir, it'll cost you 3 euros extra ($3.40). The closest metro stop to La Seu is Jaume I. For more information, visit the cathedral's website

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