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Cathedral

The Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia watches impassively the passing of time in a constantly moving and changing Barcelona. The Cathedral also reflects the different generations who have left their imprint and the blend of architectural styles in this predominantly Gothic building which needs to be viewed inside in order to fully understand its splendour.

Barcelona Cathedral was built over six centuries. Funded by donations from the medieval brotherhoods and guilds, the building work in Santa Creu commenced in 1298, on consecrated ground which was the former site of a 4th-century early-Christian basilica, which had been destroyed by al-Mansur's troops. Only the baptistery survives from this building. The chapel of Santa Llúcia was part of the Romanesque church built prior to the Gothic Cathedral, while the oldest surviving doorway is the Porta de Sant Iu. The main façade and bell tower were completed around 1890, following the original plans, in the neo-Gothic style. The interior is an impressive sight with 25 side chapels, the magnificent 14th-century cloister and the choir stalls, where the Knights of the Golden Fleece gathered during the visit of Emperor Charles V of Germany in 1517. The pulpit and the crypt, which is the burial place of Santa Eulàlia, one of Barcelona's patron saints, are also extremely beautiful. The cathedral is dedicated to the saint.

The Latin-cross floor plan and cross vault, as well as the magnificent stained-glass windows, fill the Barcelona Cathedral with light.

General details


Address: Pla de la Seu, s/n (08002). Barcelona
Phone: 933 428 262
Web site: www.catedralbcn.org
E-mail: info@catedralbcn.org
Opening time:
Cathedral: Monday to Saturday, from 8am to 7.30pm (from 1pm to 5pm, entrance 6€). Sunday and public holidays, from 8am to 7.30pm (from 2pm to 5pm, entrance 6€).
Cloister: Monday to Saturday, from 8.30am to 12.30pm and from 5.15pm to 7pm. Sunday and public holiday, from 8.30am to 1pm and from 5.15pm to 7pm.


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Accessibility details


Access to the main entrance of Barcelona Cathedral is difficult. A ramp is available on request to enable wheelchair users to enter via the side door on the left of the building.

Inside the Cathedral you’ll find audioguides in different languages.

This visitor attraction is part of the itinerary Walking Tour Gòtic (Gothic quarter)
Visual impairment
Barcelona Cathedral has audioguides in different languages attached to the columns in the central nave, right in front of the main entrance. These audioguides haven’t been specifically designed for blind or visually impaired people and don’t feature audiodescription.

The Cathedral cloister also has an audioguide for all visitors that explains and describes the space.
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Motor impairment: accessible with assistance
The main entrance to Barcelona Cathedral from the Plaça de la Seu, and the entrance to the cloisters from Carrer del Bisbe have steps that make access difficult. Wheelchair users can enter the building using the side door on the left, in the Plaça de Sant Iu, because it is the only one with mobile ramps to overcome the difference in level. Prior notice must be given at the main entrance so that a member of staff can put the mobile ramps in place.

The itinerary inside the Cathedral and cloisters present no major difficulties, although access to the chapels is complicated because they have steps.

The building doesn’t have adapted toilets.

Last update: 27/08/2012

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