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Pla de la Seu, Barcelona, 08002

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Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
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Recommended for:
First-time travellers, Great views / scenery

Expert review of Cathedral

An elaborate Gothic edifice, centuries in the construction.

Though the Sagrada Família and, occasionally, the basilica of Santa Maria del Mar are often referred to as cathedrals, the looming, Disney-esque Gothic pile at the heart of the Barri Gòtic is the one and only. Other places of worship had previously stood here, but the first stone of the current cathedral was laid in 1298, and construction laboured on over the rest of the second millennium.

The highlight of the visit is the cloister, home to 13 geese. The number refers to the age of Santa Eulàlia when she was tortured to death by Diocletian and to whom the cathedral is dedicated.

Take the lift to the roof (2.50 euros), for a panoramic view of the city.

Price advice: 

Though the cloister and the church itself are free, the museum (with some excellent Gothic paintings) is 2 euros, and entry to the choir is 2.20 euros. A combined ticket (visita especial, 5 euros) allows entrance to both these, along with the lift to the roof.

Expert tips: 
From 1-4.30pm only ticket-holders may enter, and more chapels are opened up. This is also the only time when photos are permitted.

More information on Cathedral:

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Religious site
Pla de la Seu, Barcelona, 08002
93 342 82 60
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm. Sat-Sun 8am-6pm.
Free tags / Keywords:
Art, Rainy days

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