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Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral

The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Santa Creu and Santa Eulàlia) is the city’s Gothic cathedral, and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. It was built from the 13th to 15th centuries on the ruins of an ancient Roman cathedral, and prior to that, an early Christian church. Inside the Cathedral is the Chapel of the Holy Christ of Lepanto, (Capella del Sant Crist de Lepant), the altarpiece of the Transfiguration, the cloister and the Crypt where the remains of Santa Eulàlia are buried. The building, which is over 1,200 years old, is a Site of Cultural Interest, and on 2nd November 1929, it was declared a National Historic-Artistic Monument.

The cathedral is principally dedicated to the Holy Cross, and to Santa Eulàlia, patron saint of Barcelona, a young virgin who, according to Christian tradition, became a martyr during Roman times. Its dedication to the Holy Cross is unusual, and one of the oldest in Christianity, probably dating back to the 7th century. The dedication to Santa Eulàlia is known to date back to 877, when the remains of the saint were discovered and reburied inside the cathedral by Bishop Frodoí.

Access to the cathedral is free during worship and prayer. From Monday to Friday, from 8 am to 12.45 pm and from 5.45 pm to 7.30 pm. On Saturdays the evening times change, from 5.15 pm to 8 pm. On Sundays, from 8 am to 1.45 pm and from 5.15pm to 8 pm. To get there, take the metro line 4 (yellow) to Jaume I or any of the number 45, V15 and V17 buses.

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