Barcelona's Architectural Heritage
From Barcelona's cathedral and Gaudí's Sagrada Família to a baroque basilica, a multitude of Gothic churches, a church perched on top of the city's highest hill and the ancient Jewish Quarter, El Call. Visit and enjoy spirituality built of stone.
Its baroque style sets it apart from the other churches in the area, which mostly date from the medieval era. The basilica stands just a short distance from the waterfront and La Rambla and is surmounted by a distinctive Gothic statue of one of the patron saints of Barcelona: Our Lady of Mercy.
Spain's most-visited landmark is the fruit of Gaudí's imagination. A church steeped in symbolism where nature is the source of inspiration. The building is still under construction and Gaudí dedicated the last years of his life to the project. Step inside and decipher all the keys to a dream turned into a reality.
A place of worship built by the faith of the seafaring community that lived in the Ribera district. It is one of the finest examples of the Catalan-Gothic style and its sheer magnificence, which has earned it the name the Cathedral of the Sea, is the result of the physical and spiritual endeavours of the people of the Ribera.
The splendour of Gothic architecture just off La Rambla. A church with one of the biggest rose windows in Europe that takes us back to medieval Barcelona. A place brimming with life, which boasts some of the finest views of the city from its bell tower and where you can enjoy some of the best concerts in the city surrounded by centuries-old stones.
Few churches can boast of being open uninterruptedly to Christian worship since the 4th century. Barcelona's basilica of Sant Just i Pastor is one such place. A Gothic place of worship with chapels lavishly decorated in the neo-classical and neo-Gothic styles.
Barcelona cathedral has been a dominant presence in the city since the 13th century. The architectural ensemble allows us to follow the succession of artistic styles that saw it grow until the last intervention at the end of the 19th century. The building and its contents join together to pay tribute to the city's patron saint, Saint Eulàlia, who is buried in the cathedral crypt.
This baroque-style church standing halfway down La Rambla on the corner of Carrer del Carme, is dedicated to one of the city's most widely worshipped saints, Our Lady of Bethlehem. It is now a meeting point for different cultures and nationalities.
A baroque church in the heart of the Gothic Quarter. You'll find this modest place of worship, where Gaudí would go to pray, in one of the city's most beautiful squares, Plaça de Sant Felip Neri, located just a short distance from the cathedral and La Rambla.
You can also see Gaudí's work beneath your feet. The parish church in the bustling neighbourhood of Sant Andreu del Palomar hides a secret inside. A mosaic that came from the architect's imagination shortly after he completed his studies at the school of architecture. The first steps of a young man with a promising future when he was aged just 27.
The current building is all that remains of a medieval Benedictine complex made up of cloisters and a church. It was founded by the counts of Barcelona in the middle of the 10th century. It bears witness to an architectural process that still allows us to see the Romanesque and Gothic elements.
A Gothic church, just off La Rambla and Plaça de Catalunya, which retains some of the original Gothic elements. Its peaceful cloisters are the ideal place to get away from the noise and bustle of the city. A wonderful find in the heart of Barcelona that was an initiative of the legendary Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem at the end of the 12th century.
Come and discover one of Barcelona's best-preserved architectural gems that has one of the smallest Romanesque cloisters in Europe. Soak up the peace and spirituality in the heart of one of the city's most multicultural neighbourhoods: the Raval.
A monastery founded by a queen in the 14th century. One of the finest examples of Catalan Gothic architecture with one of the biggest cloisters in the world. As soon as you step inside, you'll be taken back in time to a place where you'll be immersed in peace and quiet. A place to admire murals, the monastery furniture and the recreation of a garden with medicinal plants.
The site where the city's grand synagogue once stood is one of the many secrets of Barcelona's Jewish Quarter, El Call. The place bears witness to the city's rich Jewish past and losing yourself in its narrow lanes is an unforgettable experience.
A basilica that bears the hallmarks of the Catalan art nouveau, or modernista, style, built between 1902 and 1961, which keeps watch over the city from the top of Mount Tibidabo. The project was begun by the architect Enric Sagnier and completed by his son Josep Maria and turned out to be a real challenge for the family due to its great size. It is the finest viewing point in Barcelona.
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