From la Boqueria to Catedral de Barcelona - 7 minutes
• Exiting la Boqueria turn left and walk on the right side of la Rambla
• Turn right onto Carrera Portaferrissa
• Walk straight through Carrera Portaferrissa, Placa Cucurulla, Carrer Boters and Placa Nova
• Turn left onto Av. Catedral
• Turn right onto Placa Seu
• After 50 m walk the Cathedral de Barcelona will be on your right
Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, or more commonly known as Cathedral Barcelona is a neo-Gothic building from the 14th century. It was constructed over a Visigothic chapel built in the 10th century and is famous for its gargoyles and statues on the roof which depict fictional and real animals.
The building is surrounded by numerous legends mostly centred around the martyr, Eulalia de Barcelona who was killed by Romans. They say the Roman soldiers wanted to expose her on the square naked but a miraculous snowfall covered her nudity - and since this time snow never fell in the city on the 12th of February. Another well known legend is that during the Ottoman war once the building "dodged" a cannonball by moving out of its way. Today the cathedral houses thirteem white geese in one of its cloisters remembering age of 13 when she suffered martyrdom.
The cathedral is said to be the original home of one of one of the most (visually) interesting church traditions in Barcelona: the dancing egg. During the feast of Corpus Christi (May 30 in 2013) the monks empty an eggshell and cover the hole they emptied it through with wax. After this they put it on a fountain so that it "dances" on the water. If the egg is there for a whole day without falling, it is considered as a good sign for the following cycle.
Details about visiting the site:
• Weekdays and Saturdays the entrance is free from 8 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
• The visit of the cathedrals heart and rooftops is an extra 2.50 Euro each (2.20 Euro for groups)
• From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the cathedral can be visited for a 6 Euro donation (4 Euro per person for groups). This donation contains the visit of the heart and the rooftop.
• On Sundays and weekends the free visiting time is from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and from 5:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the visit with donation is from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Why worth visiting:
• The cathedral of Barcelona's first patron saint
• Impressive statues and great view from the top
• Numerous legends that influenced Barcelona's beliefs
• Still fully working (masses, baptism, confessions)
Whether you want to enjoy a top view of Barcelona's downtown from amidst beautifully sculpted statues or you want to relish in the majestic view of the architecture itself this place won't disappoint you. If you are really lucky you can even see some traditions - and with really good timing enjoy the dancing egg.