Friday, January 05, 2007

Sights of Barcelona: The Cathedral

The Cathedral in Barcelona is dedicated to Santa Eulaila, a Roman Christian virgin who suffered martyrdom in Barcelona during the persecution of Christians in the year 303, during the reign of emperor Diocletian.

It dates back to the 13th century, but it was built on top of a much older church going back to the Visigoths that ruled the area after the Romans. But do not be fooled by the gothic facade, it is only around 200 years old. It is currently being restored, so you cannot admire the main facade facing the cathedral square.

It is a magnificent building. I always feel very small when I enter these buildings, struck by the beautiful arches, the small altars dedicated to different saints still being venerated by devout catholics.

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