The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia is commonly known as the Barcelona Cathedral. It is located in the Gothic Barri area of Barcelona - a wonderful confusion of medieval narrow streets, unique shops and restaurants and interesting facades and balconies. When we visited - it was pouring rain but that didn't stop anyone from venturing around....and there were plenty of street "umbrella vendors" willing to help for a few Euros. Even if you already had an umbrella you "need one more"!
The current cathedral was built from the 13th to the 15th centuries although the history of the church in Barcelona dates far before that. It is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona who according to legend was martyred during the Roman times. She was murdered by the Romans after being exposed naked in public because they were upset that a mysterious snowfall covered her exposed body saving her from humiliation. She was place in a barrel lined with knives and was rolled down the streets. She is entombed in the crypt under the alter.........
The periphery of the main basilica contains a number of different chapels - with alter boards dating back to the 1200's. As you walk around it is most interesting to see how the alter pieces have changed over time from flat painted woods to intricately carved sculptures depicting the imagery of Christianity becoming more complex and human. It is a historical reminder of the evolution of art and its religious representations.
In addition to the cathedral they have a Gothic Cloisters - that holds the gardens - fountains and 13 White Geese. Why the 13 White Geese? I had to check Wikipedia for that one but the number represents the age at which Saint Eulalia was martyred. White - must have been for purity.
Symbolism abounds in the structure .....as to grave markers throughout the cloisters. Some so trodden on - you no longer can read them. I have included a couple that you can imagine their significance and age......
Finally - right as we were ready to leave we found a side enclave that holds an elevator that takes you to a roof terrace. As I said ......it was raining like crazy so our views were severely limited but still worth standing in the soak to take in the majesty of the cathedral and the uniqueness of the "gargoyle" rain spouts.
There is an entrance fee to the Cathedral of 7 Euros and even in the rain there was a line. Check Google to see when the best times to visit might be. Regardless it is worth it and afterwords.......so many restaurants and tapas spots to choose from as you walk back to La Rambla to explore - sit back - relax and reflect on the history of this beautiful city.
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To enjoy travel and see the world and often yourself as if for the first time and with with the eyes of a young child.