Avinguda de la Cathedral is special for a number of reasons. It is a magnificent and beautiful cathedral that was built between 1298 and 1460. Over the years, more details and decorations have been added to it. For example, if you note the front façade in the northwest direction, you find stone gargoyles perched on the walls. These gargoyles were added to the façade in 1870. The building has a European Gothic feel that makes it stand out from other churches in Barcelona. These designs and details were added in the late 19th century, when the cathedral was greatly restored (surprisingly the design was based from 1408).
The gargoyles are probably the only extravagant features of the cathedral. For example, the octagonal flat roofed towers are sparsely decorated. When you walk inside, you will find it spacious and large. This was one of the few churches in Barcelona that wasn’t destroyed by antichrists during the civil war. Therefore, its ornamentations are still well preserved and intact.
When you enter the first chapel, located on the right from the northwest entrance, you will find the crucifixion figure of Sant Crist de Lepant. According to the old legends, Don Juan’s flagship carried it in the famous battle that took place in Lepanto. That is why the figure is erected in an odd stance because it was nearly hit by a cannonball. In same room, you will see Count Ramon Berenguer I and his wife Almondis’s coffins. They are the founders of this cathedral. The cathedral has many other stories linked to it. One story states that 6 North American natives were bathed in holy water in this cathedral. These six native North American Indians were brought by Christopher Columbus when he returned from America from his first journey. In the Cathedral, you will find exquisitely designed coro, made from timber. On the stalls, you will find a coat of arms that is said to belong to members of the Barcelona chapter of the Order of the Golden Fleece. In 1519, Emperor Carlos V led the order’s meeting.
Take your time exploring the cathedral. Before the main altar, when you walk on up on the large staircase, it will lead you to the Santa Eulaila’s crypt. You can visit the cathedral’s rooftop, but you will need to pay €2.20. The cathedral is beautiful inside and out.
Whenever there is a Catalan festival in Barcelona, if there is a parade, it will pass the Avinguda de la Cathedral. The Cathedral is easily located from Barcelona holiday apartments. So don´t hesitate to book your Accommodation in Barcelona now for a wonderful Barcelona holiday.
Tourists, who love visiting old churches and cathedrals, fall in love with Avinguda de la Cathedral. The cathedral is located near Barcelona cathedral. If you are visiting Gothic Quarter, you will easily locate the cathedral. Sometimes, the cathedral is also used as a market on big events like Christmas. On such events, people come here for shopping to get great bargains on items. Also, every Sunday around noon, the traditional dances “Sardanes”
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