The Gothic Cathedral building, known as the Catedral de la Santa Creu, stands on the site of an early- Christian basilica (4th century) with three naves. Building work on the cathedral began in 1298 and took over three centuries to finish. The oldest part of the cathedral is the doorway of Sant Iu and the façade, which was completed in 1890, is the most recent. Important features inside are the high altar, the choir stalls, the chapel dedicated to the Christ of Lepanto, and the crypt containing the remains of Santa Eulàlia (one of Barcelona’s two patron saints). The cloister, surrounded by side chapels, has a central courtyard of orange and palm trees and magnolias. visitors can take the lift to the cathedral roof which boasts superb views of the old town.
The Cathedral is a place of worship and this means that visiting times may be altered and certain areas of the building closed during religious services.
Free admission to the cathedral: weekdays: 8am-12.45pm / 5.15pm-8pm; weekends and public holidays: 8am-1.45pm / 5.15pm-7.30pm
Free admission to the cloister: 8.30am-12.30pm (until 1.30pm on weekends and public holidays) / 5.15pm-7pm
Rooftop visits: Mon-Fri: 10am-12.30pm / 5.15pm-7pm. Sat and evenings before public holidays: 10am-12.30pm
Visits to the choir: Mon-Fri: 9am-12.30pm / 5.15pm-7pm. Sat and evenings before public holidays: 9am-12.30pm
Guided tour: (includes cathedral, cloister, rooftop, choir and museum), 1pm-5pm only (2pm-5pm public holidays)
Pla de la Seu, 3 (08002)
933 428 260
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