Holidays in Barcelona Cathedral

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Barcelona Cathedral showing heritage architecture, a square or plaza and religious aspects

This beautiful building in the heart of the Gothic Quarter dates back to the 13th century.

Barcelona’s atmospheric Gothic Quarter contains its fair share of awe-inspiring buildings, but perhaps the most impressive of all is the striking cathedral, where you can visit the remains of Saint Eulalia, the city’s patron saint.

The cathedral is a fine example of the classic Gothic style for which this historic area of Barcelona is world-famous. The original building has its roots in the 13th century but has been added to in different eras and adorned according to different styles; this is most noticeable in its ornately carved neo-Gothic façade which dates from the 1800s. Every Sunday the square in front of the cathedral fills with local worshippers waiting for the start of mass. You might be lucky enough to see a group of women performing the traditional Catalan “Sardana” dance here before everyone piles inside for the service.

The vaulted interior of the cathedral dates from the 14th and early 15th centuries and the ornate choir stalls decorated in the Catalan Gothic style are of particular note. Under the high altar is the sarcophagus containing the remains of Saint Eulalia. Many of the cathedral’s treasures are housed in its museum, including a lavishly bejewelled monstrance, the sacred vessel that contains the Eucharistic host during Catholic ceremonies, as well as valuable paintings and sculptures dating from the 11th century onwards.

The cathedral has some unusual residents, too – thirteen white geese, marking the age of Saint Eulalia when she was martyred, roam freely among the trees and fountain of the cloister. During the feast of Corpus Christi the ritual of the “dancing egg”, or “L’ou com balla”, takes place whereby the monks leave an eggshell to “dance” on the top of the fountain. This charming tradition has it that if the egg remains on top of the fountain for a whole day without falling, it is a good omen.

Don’t leave without taking the lift to the roof, where you can enjoy a breathtaking 360-degree panorama of the city. The cathedral is open every day but there are special opening times on Catholic holidays, so check the website for full details. Visitors are welcome to attend mass for free and there is a small charge for the choir stalls, museum and rooftop visit.

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Petit Palace Boquería Garden
Petit Palace Boquería Garden
4 out of 5
Calle De La Boqueria, 10, Barcelona
The price is AU$114 per night from 9 Jan. to 9 Jan.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this boutique hotel is steps away from La Rambla and Gran Teatre del Liceu. Boqueria Market and Barcelona Cathedral are also within ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (937 reviews)
"Loved the location"

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Petit Palace Boquería Garden
Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona
The price is AU$237 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this romantic hotel is steps away from Frederic Mares Museum and Barcelona Cathedral. La Rambla and Palau de la Musica Catalana are ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (934 reviews)
"It's a very impressive hotel and in a good location"

Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2021

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H10 Cubik
H10 Cubik
4.5 out of 5
Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona
The price is AU$148 per night from 9 Jan. to 9 Jan.
Located in Gothic Quarter, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Palau de la Musica Catalana, Placa de Catalunya, and Passeig de Gracia. La Rambla and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (974 reviews)
"Lovely hotel centrally located. It has a wonderful rooftop with beautiful views of the city."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

H10 Cubik
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Arc la Rambla
Arc la Rambla
3 out of 5
La Rambla 19, Barcelona
The price is AU$82 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
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Petit Palace Boquería Garden
Petit Palace Boquería Garden
4 out of 5
Calle De La Boqueria, 10, Barcelona
The price is AU$114 per night from 9 Jan. to 9 Jan.
Petit Palace Boquería Garden
Hotel Colón Barcelona
Hotel Colón Barcelona
4 out of 5
Avenida Catedral, 7, Barcelona
The price is AU$237 per night from 10 Dec. to 10 Dec.
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H10 Cubik
H10 Cubik
4.5 out of 5
Via Laietana, 69, Centre, Barcelona
The price is AU$148 per night from 9 Jan. to 9 Jan.
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H10 Madison
H10 Madison
4.5 out of 5
C/ Dr. Joaquim Pou, 2-4-6, Barcelona, Barrio Gótico
The price is AU$161 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
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Hotel Barcelona Universal
Hotel Barcelona Universal
4 out of 5
Del Paral.lel, Del 76-78, Barcelona
The price is AU$124 per night from 16 Dec. to 16 Dec.
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W Barcelona
W Barcelona
5 out of 5
Plaça Rosa dels Vents, 1, Barcelona
The price is AU$369 per night from 3 Jan. to 3 Jan.
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NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderón
NH Collection Barcelona Gran Hotel Calderón
5 out of 5
Rambla de Catalunya, 26, Barcelona
The price is AU$233 per night from 23 Dec. to 23 Dec.
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Astoria
Astoria
3 out of 5
Paris 203, Barcelona
The price is AU$97 per night from 12 Dec. to 12 Dec.
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