The Cathedral of Santa Creu and Santa Eulàlia of Barcelona was built between the years 1317-1441 on the old Romanesque cathedral, but we have to go further in time as it happens with many churches and cathedrals. The Romanesque cathedral was built on a church of the Visigothic period and this one on an Early Christian basilica whose remains are in the basement of the Cathedral of Barcelona. These remains can still be visited from the Museu d'Història de la Ciutat de Barcelona (MUHBA).
The neo-gothic facade was added in the 19th century. From Carrer del Bisbe there is an entrance directly into the cloister, a gothic dream world of fountains, geese (13 in total, as the legend says that Santa Eulalia was thirteen years old when she was executed and shepherded geese) and palm trees. Linger here, let your mind wander and refresh your spirit. Another secret world is the roof of the cathedral which can be reached by an elevator adjacent to the left nave.
Schedule to visit the Cathedral of Barcelona in 2023 (cultural and tourist visit)
From 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (last admission at 5:45 p.m.)
Saturdays and holiday vigils (religious)
From 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (last admission at 4:30 p.m.)
Sundays and holidays (religious)
From 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last admission at 4:30 p.m.)
Price cultural and tourist visit: €9 per person (children under 12 years free). This visit includes: the church and cloister, the terraces, the choir stalls of the Golden Fleece, the Museum of the Chapter House and the Chapel of Santo Cristo de Lepanto.
Where is it?
How to get there
Metro: L4 Jaume I / L3 Liceu / L1 Urquinaona
Bus: 45, 120, V15, V17, Tourist Bus (red route, bus stop Barri Gòtic)