Wonders of Barcelona: Barri Gòtic

Barri Gòtic or the Gothic quarters is the old town of Barcelona, which is a maze of narrow cobbled streets with history dating back to the Pre-Roman era. Taking a tour around the streets we came across some of the fascinating plazas, ancient roman walls and gothic buildings that had great historical significance.

The Cathedral of Barcelona
The Cathedral of Barcelona
The Cathedral interiors
The Cathedral interiors

Barri Gotic

The Cimborio
The Cimborio
The 15th Century Baptistery
The 15th Century Baptistery
Entrance of the Choir
Entrance of the Choir

The Cathedral of Barcelona (La Seu) dedicated to the former patron saint of Barcelona, Saint Eulalia is a majestic structure located in the centre of Gothic Quarter and is an excellent example of the ancient Catalan architecture. The 11th century cathedral has 29 beautifully designed chapels inside and a museum chapter house where the monstrance along with the 15th century Chair of King Martin I is placed for display. The major highlight of the cathedral is the Crypt of Saint Eulalia, which is located beneath the main altar in a magnificent 14th century alabaster sarcophagus.

The Main Altar
The Main Altar
Crypt of st. Eulalia
Crypt of st. Eulalia
Stained glass window
Stained glass window
Church Organ
Church Organ

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View of the tower from the Roof
View of the tower from the Roof
the Bell tower
The Bell tower

A lift inside the cathedral takes you to the roof where you can see the spectacular view of gothic quarters and also have a closer look at the church bell towers. Another part of the cathedral not to be missed is the church cloister, which is called as the “loveliest oasis in Barcelona”. The cloister is a beautiful courtyard with a fountain with an image of St. George on top and the thirteen geese in the memory of St. Eulalia. The entry to the cathedral is 5 Euro per person and do remember sleeveless tops and short outfits are prohibited inside the church.

The Cloister
The Cloister
Fountain of St. George
Fountain of St. George
Goose in the cloister
Goose in the cloister
The Roman walls
The Roman walls
The Roman Gate
The Roman Gate
The Sant lo door
The Sant lo door
View of the Cathedral from the Gothic quarter
View of the Cathedral from the Gothic quarter

We then walked around the cathedral exploring more of the gothic part of the town. The Bisbe Street close to the cathedral is a great spot to enjoy the Catalan street music performers. Also do not miss the Gothic bridge connecting the Generalitat Palace to the Canonges House. Close to this is the Placa del Rei, one of the oldest plazas in the city. Originally a palace courtyard, the plaza was later used as a fodder and straw market and currently is part of the Barcelona History Museum.

Letterbox on the facade of the Ardiaca House
Letterbox on the facade of the Ardiaca House
The Bisbe Street bridge
The Bisbe Street bridge
Details on the bridge
Details on the bridge
Details on the ceiling of a house in Gothic Quarter
Details on the ceiling of a house in Gothic Quarter
Placa del Rei
Placa del Rei
Defence Tower at Placa del Rei
Defence Tower at Placa del Rei
Defense tower
Defense tower
Jewish quarters
Jewish quarters
The City Hall
The City Hall

The streets of Barri Gòtic has certain old world appeal that even if you wander for hours in these narrow alleyways you will still find yourselves charmed with some new element. Do remember to visit this part of the town after sunset to catch a glimpse of the vibrant nightlife as the locals gather around the many tapas bars and pubs.

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2 thoughts on “Wonders of Barcelona: Barri Gòtic”

  • When I visited Barcelona, the cathedral was one of the things that surprised me most. It is very beautiful: I recommend it! We stayed in Royal Ramblas Hotel, very close to it.
    Jane

    • Hello Jane! We agree with you, along with the cathedral we were amazed by the entire gothic quarters of Barcelona! We hope you had a good time during your stay in Barcelona! Cheers!

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