Barri G˛tic

Sagrada Familia Guided Tour: skip the line

Gothic QuarterEl G˛tic (Gothic Quarter), also known as Barri G˛tic, is the centre of the old city of Barcelona. It stretches from La Rambla to Via Laietana, and from the Mediterranean seafront to Ronda de Sant Pere.

Despite several changes undergone in the 19th and early 20th century, many of the buildings date from Medieval times, some from as far back as the Roman settlement of Barcelona. Remains of the squared Roman Wall can be seen around Tapineria and Sots-Tinent Navarro to the north, Avinguda de la Catedral and Plaša Nova to the west and Carrer de la Palla to the south. El Call, the medieval Jewish quarter, is located within this area too.

The Barri G˛tic retains a labyrinthine street plan, with many small streets opening out into squares. Most of the quarter is closed to regular traffic although open to service vehicles and taxis.

Cathedral of Santa EulÓlia

Barcelona CathedralThe Cathedral of Santa EulÓlia (also called La Seu) is the Gothic cathedral seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Barcelona, Catalonia (Though sometimes inaccurately so called, the famous Sagrada FamÝlia is not a cathedral). The cathedral was constructed throughout the 13th to 15th centuries on top of a former Visigothic church. The Gothic-like fašade is from the 19th century. The cathedral is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona, co-patron saint of Barcelona, a young virgin who, according to Catholic tradition, suffered martyrdom during Roman times in Barcelona.

Plaša del Rei

Plaša del ReiThe Plaša del Rei, a square next to the Cathedral, is known because has two important buildings, the Santa └gata church, where the kings from the Aragon crown had baptism. Is possible to visit it. The other building has the Salˇ del Tinell, one of the best civil Gothic architecture examples. Is the place where the royal receptions where held, so is very wide with a wooden ceiling hold by the typical Catalan Gothic arches. It has also a tower from which you can have a good view of the old town. An entrance is needed to visit both.

Plaša Sant Felip Neri

Plaša Sant Felip NeriThe Plaša Sant Felip Neri, one of the most romantic squares in Barelona, hides a dark history in that it was built over the city's old cemetery. Barcelona's most famous architect, Antonio Gaudi, was on his way to visit the church there when he was run over and killed in 1928. There's a baroque church (Sant Felip Neri), a XVI century palace and a fountain in the middle. To arrive, take the narrow street next to the cathedral cloister. The palace was moved from its original location in the street Via Laietana during the 20's.

Plaša Sant Jaume

Sant Jaume SquareThe Sant Jaume Square has been the political hub since the Roman era. This square has been witness to some of the most important events in recent Catalan history, such as the proclamation of the Catalan State in 1931. At one end there is the Palace of the Generalitat (the government of the Autonomous Community of Catalunya) and on the other stands the City Hall. Both are Gothic buildings, although their fronts are newer (the Generalitat'sis best example of the Barcelona's Renaissance art).

But if you can go inside, both are very important civil Gothic buildings. The two buildings have guides.

  • City hall: Visit hours are: Every Sunday, from 10 to 14. The entrance is free. The Salˇ de Cent, room where the artisans made the meetings is the most important part.
  • Palau de la Generalitat: The second and forth Sunday every month from 10 to 14. Free entrance. The Pati dels Tarongers, a Patio with orange trees and the main room are the most famous parts.
  • In the left part of the City Hall there's a tourist information point.

Plaša Reial

Plaza RealThe Plaša Reial, next to La Rambla is famous for the nightlife and the uniform architecture. It is considered to be one of the most beautiful squares in the world. It was build during the XIX century in the place of a monastery, after the Mendizßbal law expelled the monks. A new square was built, making all the buildings look the same, with fountains and palm trees. After some years, Antoni GaudÝ, the famous architect, designed the streetlights which are still there.

Palau GŘell

Palau GŘellThe Palau GŘell is a town mansion (translated literally a "palace") in Barcelona, designed by the Catalan architect Antoni GaudÝ for the Catalan industrial tycoon Eusebi GŘell. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site "Works of Antoni GaudÝ". The home is centered on a main room for entertaining high society guests. Guests entered the home in horse drawn carriages through the front iron gates, which featured a parabolic arch and intricate patterns of forged iron-work resembling seaweed and in some parts a horsewhip.