No, not the Sagrada Familia, the other one. Gaudi’s ongoing extravaganza may have become a significant symbol of the city, but deep in Barcelona’s old town lies the Gothic magnificence of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. Built mostly in the 14th-century, it’s a soaring, solid superstructure with touching touches on a human scale. Look up in awe at the sweeping arches, buttresses, keystones (there are 215 of them), and the stunning 16th-century organ. Come back to ground level to see the theatrically lit individual chapels and the choir stalls with their coats of arms of the Order of the Golden Fleece. Finally, to the Gothic cloister where you’ll hear the honking of 13 white geese, supposedly representative of Saint Eulalia’s age when she was martyred by the Romans. Only in Barcelona.
Barcelona CathedralA monumental Gothic masterpiece
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