Construction began in 1298. The cathedral faces onto the Plaça de la Seu in the center of the Barri Gòtic area of the old city and is surrounded by other remnants of Barcelona's past - notably some Roman remains and various medieval structures.
The main facade is dominated by the massive main door and the central spire. Oddly sited, the spire is placed to the front of the building instead of the more usual position over the crossing of nave and transepts. To either side of the building are two simple towers which are only visible from the sides and rear of the cathedral. Access to the roof can be from the northern transept via a small lift. There are excellent views over the city as well as a close-up view of the central tower. The interior of the cathedral is suitably impressive with a fine nave and soothing cloister.
The Cathedral - "Catedral de la Santa Creu" BarcelonaPla de la Seu, 3, 08002 Barcelona, Spain
Area: Barrio Gótico
Website: Cathedral Santa Creu - Barcelona
Opening hours: Everyday from 8am to 12:45am and from 5pm to 7:30pm
Prices: free for the Cathedral not for the museum
Phone: +34 93 342 82 60
Metro/Bus: Metro: L4 Jaume I / Bus:17, 19, 40, 45, 100
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