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The sights of the Gothic quarter in Barcelona

Barcelona will never reveal all its secrets and you will never be able to explain such a strong attachment to this city. It fascinates, surprises, makes for self-respect. Once seen, you will always be considered her “his”. On a first date with this unique place go to the Gothic quarter in Barcelona is the cradle of its Foundation and history.

The Gothic quarter in Barcelona on a map


Plaza Nova

The beginning of the Gothic quarter takes here. A thriving medieval market square (14th century) was surrounded by walls and towers, built by the Romans, the remains of which have survived today. In the square there was active trading in slaves. It also kept what was left from the Roman aqueduct. On the contrary it has the letters of the word Barcino, the Roman name of Barcelona. You can see them in the photo:

The Episcopal Palace is located to the right of the Roman towers (13th century) and is in sharp contrast to the building of the College of architects, constructed in the 20th century. The author of the facade of the frieze is Pablo Picasso. The facade of the Palace looking on the main street of El Gothic (another name for this quarter) Bishop. The street reaches the Piazza San Jaume.

Casa del Ardiaca— the house of the archdeacon — another monument of Gothic architecture. One of the walls of the house — the Roman heritage (2nd century ad). The building was rebuilt many times, because they retained the features of Renaissance fountains, courtyards. Today it houses the city archive.

Plaza de San Jaume

Plaza de San Jaume

It is the political centre of the ancient Romans. Here was situated the Forum, and now houses the remains of the temple of Augustus (1st century BC). On the square are the town Hall and the Catalan Government. Landmark — the bridge connecting the House of Canons and the Government Palace. The facade of the first out on the street of Carrer paradís, which is crowned with the 4 columns in the Corinthian style. These 2 monuments thousands of years ago belonged to the temple of Augustus.

Grand Palace

Located close to the Avenue via Latan. Is part of the ensemble of the Plaza del Rey. In 13-15 centuries is the residence of the counts and kings of Barcelona. The peculiarity of its architecture — features exclusively Roman Gothic. Inside the magnificent throne room, near the watchtower and the chapel of St. Agatha. In this Palace Columbus announced his discovery of Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragon.

The ensemble includes the Palace of the Governor — the example of the Renaissance architecture. Today it is the repository of the Archive of the Royal dynasty of Aragon. Completes the whole complex of Casa Clariana-Padellas — historical Museum of the city. Its exposition represents all the monuments of Barcelona’s Gothic quarter under one roof.


The Cathedral in Barcelona

Full name — the Cathedral of the Holy cross and Saint Eulalia. The construction — 1298-1420. This place is the Gothic quarter named “Cathedral”. The height of the Central spire is 70 metres away. The building combines features of the Gothic and neo-Gothic style.

The Barcelona Cathedral has preserved unique specimens of carving and painting on wood (15th century), stained glass, reliefs, altar and a particularly beautiful courtyard.

In one of the chapels you can see the 13 geese white color symbolizing the purity of Saint Eulalia, patroness of the city. She died at the hands of the persecutors of Christianity at the age of 13, which determined the number of geese.

The Church of Santa Maria del PI

The Church of Santa Maria del PI

Located in the eponymous square quarter. This is a bright representative of the Gothic temple and the gathering place of the early Christians of Catalonia. The building has the shape of a rectangle, the height is 27 meters. The main feature of the outlet-a window and pointed arch of the Central entrance.

The Jewish quarter of El Call

Located near the Cathedral, that testifies to its antiquity. Before such settlements was reserved exclusively to the Central part of the city, it was part of a Christian politics. Jews have been a tremendous help in the defense of the city. It housed all the retail shops, stores and first Bank branches.

Cafe “Four cat”

Cafe “Four cat”

Opening date — 1897. The gathering place Spanish Bohemia. At first it was a cabaret and hotel, and later — art-cafe. Famous visitors: Pablo Picasso (spent the first exhibitions of his works), Antoni gaudí and others. In the 70-ies of the last century, it was restored to attract tourists.

The Gothic quarter you need to get the whole and definitely on foot. It should be enjoyed, it must be understood. Many excursions to temples and palaces will require a small cash outlay (6-8 euros), but there is a tradition to leave something to come back. Leave them with some money and you will definitely come here again.

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