Cathedral of Barcelona

Cathedral Barcelona
Current Barcelona's Cathedral was built on the remains of previous basilicas, so the church has been held in different artistic styles over the centuries.

Its origins are dating back to the early days of Christianity. Nevertheless, most of the preserved structure dates to the XIII century, when the Gothic basilica construction began.

Its imposing facade however is following the neo-Gothic style, and it was built in the late Nineteenth Century.

Especially notable are the Gothic choir stalls inside; the crypt with the beautiful Renaissance tomb (dedicated to Santa Eulalia); and the beautiful XV Century Gothic cloister.

If you want to know more about this spectacular church we explain you all details in the section History of the Cathedral of Barcelona.

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c / Pla de la Seu, ​​s / n
08002 Barcelona.


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Public transport:

Metro: L4, stop Jaume I / L3, Liceu stop.
Buses: 17, 19, 40, 44
You can visit the church, the cloister and the choir, the terrace and Cathedral Museum with the same ticket.

Tourist Visiting hours:

From Monday to Saturday, from 13.00 to 17.00
Sundays and holidays, except December 25: from 14.00 to 17.00

Price of the visit:

General admission: € 6
Reduced admission: € 4

Your guide Barcelona guided tour

The guided tour proposed in Your Guide Barcelona is a complete visit to the main and most important church in the old city, discovering its hidden details, history and symbolism hand by hand with an expert official guide.

You can choose the date that best suits your needs, how much time will last your guided tour, and the language that interests you. See our section, where you will find all the information about this and other tours: Guided tours in Barcelona.

If you prefer a tour through the Gothic Quarter see our routes: You can't miss. You can request your quote here.

Construction periods

The Cathedral of Santa Eulalia i la Santa Creu (Sainte Eulalia and the Holy Cross) has gone through many phases of construction .

First one dates to the fourth century , back into the old Christian times , the vestiges of which are nowadays in the underground level. This one was destroyed by Arabs in the IX Century.

With the arrival of the the Count of Barcelona Ramon Berenguer I it was restored the primitive seat, marking the establishment of a new basilica .

This temple wa built in the Romanesque style in 1045 , nowadys is just preserved a chapel known as the Capella de Santa Llucia .

Later on, in the thirteenth century, it was enlarged and rebuilt. King James II began the construction of the Gothic cathedral, completed almost entirely in 150 years. These early works were carried out by the architect Jaume Fabre , Bernad Roca and Arnau Bargués .

However, the current facade and main tower , 70 meters high, are dating to the Nineteenth Century . Are corresponding to a much later construction , made by the architect Josep Mestres i Font.

Despite this , new builders remained faithful to their original style , so the facade was completed in the New-Gothic style , based on an original design of the Fifteenth Century .


Barcelona's Cathedral contains treasures of spectacular beauty as the main Altar and Choir . There, all priests's seats were crowned with amazing wooden details and decorations representing slender pinnacles the coats of arms of different European monarchies.

Among the altar pieces there are beautiful works, specially the custody decorated in gold and silver, dating back to the fifteenth century. In the chapels there are magnificent Gothic and Barroque altarpieces made by great local artists such as Bernat Martorell , Lluís Borrassá or Gabriel Alemany .

Sculptural manifestations as the spectacular Renaissance tomb of Santa Eulalia located in the crypt , or those located in the cloister and the various chapels , such as the famous sculpture of Christ of Lepanto dating to the Sixteenth century.

Sainte Eulalia

The church is dedicated to patroness saint of Barcelona: Sainte Eulalia.

In the cloister garden , original Gothic built in the fifteenth century , thirteen geese live here forever . They remind us of the age of Santa Eulalia when she was martyred by Romans for her religion , under Emperor Diocletian era.