Week 3 of Advent: The Cathedral of Barcelona (Glen).

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The Cathedral of Barcelona is an amazing place. Don’t confuse it with Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia. This Gothic cathedral is in the center of Barcelona. Construction began on it in 1298 A.D. and lasted until the mid-15th century. It is believed that there were earlier cathedrals on this site, dating as early as 400 A.D.  If you want to read more about the cathedral, check out: http://www.catedralbcn.org/index.php?lang=en

For a very cheap 3 Euros, you can go up onto the roof of the cathedral. There’s not a lot of railings – I’m not sure you’d want to take an energetic young kid up there. But, if you’re not afraid of heights, it’s awesome. You get incredible views of the bell tower and the entire city (see our pic below). I was amazed at the detailed carving hidden, high up on the bell tower. When it was constructed, no one would have see it.

A fun feature of this cathedral (which most people miss) is the fourteenth-century cloister. It’s tucked around behind the cathedral. It consists of a central courtyard and Gothic portico. There are always thirteen white geese in the courtyard. Each goose represents one year in the life of the martyr Santa Eulalia.  Tragic story about what happened to the poor 13 year old Santa Eulalia. I’m not sure the geese make up for it, but there it is.

About a month ago, I took this video. It gives you a good view of the front. There’s is always something going on in front of the cathedral.

We hope you’re having a peaceful and fun holiday.

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  1. James Calhoun says

    Your review of the Cathedral piqued the Architect in me…thanks Glen and Julie. We will miss you so much at the book club Christmas event later this week :-(.. Jim


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