Barcelona Cathedral - is the main catholic temple of the city, the residence of the Bishop of Barcelona. Its official name «Catedral de Santa Eulalia», as it was built in memory of the holy martyr, patroness of Barcelona recognized. According to legend, Saint Eulalia was a shepherdess of geese, were martyred for the Christian faith in 4 century. Catalan tradition tells that Eulalia left naked in the central area of Barcelona, to humiliate and force to surrender, but, miraculously in the middle of spring snow fell ukryvshy her nakedness. Frenzied Roman authorities were subjected to various tortures girl of thirteen, one for each year of life Eulalia, and, ultimately, the martyr crucified on the cross. In the inner cloister of the Cathedral of live 13 white geese, symbolizing not only the age, but also the purity and chastity of the Great.
Even in the IV century on the site of today's cathedral church of Barcelona was a Roman colony. Two hundred years later it might be exalted so that it became the Cathedral, which later 400 years has been completely destroyed by the Moors. The construction of the Gothic cathedral began in the thirteenth century and lasted whole 150 years. A beautifully decorated facade, which is now the main decoration of the temple was added to 1870 year, and the 90-meter spire only 1913 in upper Raval.
The interior of the cathedral is striking semi-darkness, greatness, his strong and regal atmosphere. Stained glass windows light up the huge three naves, which are one of the brightest samples of the famous Catalan Gothic. By a wide staircase in front of the main altar you can go down to the tomb of Martyr Eulalia. Here is the alabaster sarcophagus in which relics of saints are stored.
Barcelona Cathedral is a treasure trove of art, a vivid example of Gothic architecture and one of the main attractions of the city. Try to visit the cathedral during those time periods when you do not have to pay an entrance fee. For additional 3 € all day, you can take the elevator to the roof of the cathedral, offering superb views of the Gothic Quarter. Lift the left of the main entrance.