Churches/ Cathedrals in Barcelona

Churches & Cathedrals in Barcelona, Spain

Churches & Cathedrals in Barcelona

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  • J&J
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    If you are at all intrigued by or fond of Gaudi, this is an amazing experience. We booked a live guided tour, but I think an audio tour would be sufficient. Very unfortunately, we could not go on the tower tour that we had booked as it was cancelled due to heavy winds. I highly recommend checking the weather carefully for any rain or wind forecasted and booking one of the towers, as they seem incredible and not to be missed if possible. Give yourself lots of time to wander around the outside from across the street and inside the church, grounds, museum, and shop, too.
    Written 8 December 2022
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  • 𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
    Moscow, Russia105,442 contributions
    The church was built in 1329-1383, during the heyday of trade and navigation in Catalonia. Santa Maria del Mar is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic. In 1923, Pope Pius XI awarded the Church of Santa Maria del Mar the title of Papal Minor Basilica.
    Written 8 December 2022
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  • MattAndLol
    Bradford, UK399 contributions
    Didn't go inside the cathedral & the Samsung phone advert on the scaffolding at the top is a bit inappropriate ! It's an attractive old cathedral in a nice square near our hotel Suizo that had a good atmosphere throughout our long weekend in Barcelona, on the Friday there was an antiques market taking place & as we walked through on the Saturday evening to walk up the Avenue Portal del Angel shopping street to Placa Catalonia there were lots of locals dancing the Sardana in circles with their own band outside the cathedral. It was lovely to see such an authentic Catalan dance & hear the music, we then sat outside a bar & had a drink, families were shopping, people selling light up fliers in the sky, a very pleasant place to be on a mild November evening. A lovely square to people watch in.
    Written 23 November 2022
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  • 𝓝𝓪𝓽𝔂 ® 👑
    Moscow, Russia105,442 contributions
    The temple was built according to the design of the architect Enric Sagnier, his son was already completing the construction.
    The construction of the temple dedicated to the Sacred Heart lasted from 1902 to 1961. On September 29, 1961, Pope John XXIII awarded the Church of the Sacred Heart the title of Minor Basilica.
    Written 8 December 2022
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  • WilliamWillieWilson
    Nashville, TN1,286 contributions
    You’ll find far fewer tourists than the Cathedral of Barcelona, and a much quieter environment than La Sagrada Familia. This beautiful interior with stunning stained glass was completed in 1453, but the foundation dates to 1319, and the cemetery dates to 1074! Come here if you want to escape the crowds and enjoy a quiet church. It might just be my favorite in all of Barcelona!
    Written 6 July 2022
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  • R. K. V.
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam2,218 contributions
    Stunning place with beautiful history. A bit of the beaten path allows it to be quiet and peaceful. Lovely place. Very interesting
    Written 31 October 2021
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  • JimmySee
    Madison, WI83 contributions
    Discovered the Basilica on a short walk in search of an outdoor cafe for a quick breakfast. Found both on a plaza a block from my hotel. The Basilica is peaceful, ornate, in very good condition, pretty much overlooked compared to Barcelona's more famous churches and cathedrals -- but maybe because of that, worth a visit.
    Written 5 February 2020
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  • Mairwen1
    United Kingdom7,511 contributions
    This Baroque church (1681) runs alongside La Rambla and was once considered the most beautiful church in Barcelona. It’s hard to imagine now. Today, it is a large, sober looking stone and brick church. I wouldn't tell someone to go out of their way to see it but it’s position on La Rambla means that for most people, it is easy to stop and have a quick look. We probably spent about 10 - 15 minutes here.

    The external stonework has a distinctive and unusual diamond pattern that is heavily embossed on the bricks. Diamonds cover the bottom half of the church, then half way up it abruptly changes to plain bricks. The stone and brickwork has been darkened by the traffic and busy road over the years so it’s less attractive than it might otherwise be.

    If you enter through the main door, you pass by the 2 Jesuit saints on either side of the doors. St Ignatius (founder of the Jesuit order) is on your left and St Francis Borgia is on the right. Apart from the fact that St Francis is holding a skull, he appears very lively and cheerful as he looks towards heaven. This facade belongs to the original Baroque building but once you go through the main door, there’s almost nothing left.

    During the violence and destruction of the 1936 Civil War, the church was burnt out completely. It was lucky to survive at all. Fire destroyed the vaulting and the interior, which had once been sumptuously ornate, was gone.

    The interior now is simple, with a single nave but it’s not altogether plain. A large statue of Our Lady of the Forsaken caught my eye. She has a spectacular crown that radiates gold and a couple of plump cheeked cherubs hiding between the folds of her cloak. We also noticed a large group of individual statues on our right as we entered. We wondered about them until we read that they are 9 new statues of the apostles that have been recently completed. They will be installed in the niches that were left empty because of missing statues.

    TIPS:
    OPEN: every day from 10am to 9pm
    ENTRY: Free – donations are welcome
    GETTING THERE: On Las Ramblas, very close to Bouqueria Markets
    Written 16 August 2020
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  • macedonboy
    Glasgow, UK160,530 contributions
    This is a lovely minor basilica dedicated as it's name suggests, to Sants Martirs Just i Pastor, the two Christians boys who where martyred. From the outside, it's a pretty innocuous looking church and were it not for it's minor basilica status, probably would not even have noticed it. From the inside, it's clearly a beautiful example of Gothic architecture. The alter is almost unique in have steps leading to to behind the apse and directly behind the throne. Although by no means one of the great churches of the city (and there are many), there are some beautiful chapels and stained glass windows. Tt's a good church to visit if you have time.
    Written 17 July 2019
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  • MissR
    Lake Mary, FL91 contributions
    We passed by this church on our way to the Arc of Triumph. What a gem! We sat in front of it and just marveled at it’s beautiful architecture. Read Wikipedia for its history. Must see if you are nearby.
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • periandro
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg7,330 contributions
    That church was initially a temple dating back to the end of the fourteenth century dedicated to the Very Saint Trinity. After longer than one century the trinitarians set up a community there. Afterwards and during the seventeenth century they enlarged the outbuildings and built around the convent. In the thirties of the nineteenth century, on the occasion of a legally arranged confiscation of the Church assets, the convent was torn down and just the church remained; this turned up into St. James parish church.
    The street where the church lies is rather narrow, what prevents one from having a good perspective over the church. In spite of that limitation some nice and artistic elements on the main façade can be observed. That gothic style façade consists of three well defined sections separated from one another by elegant semidetached columns topped by two beautiful pinnacles, one for each. The entrance to the temple consists in a monumental portal flanked by two pillars each one of them also ending with a pinnacle. It's a several point arch shaped portal gradually decreasing in size, the outerest one being profusely decorated with foliage whose highest point consists in a fleuron depicting Christ on the Cross. There is also in that part of the façade some sculptural decoration whose more interesting segment is perhaps the pediment reproducing a scene of St. Jacques “Matamoros”. The whole in that portal is of a great beauty thus revealing its elaborate manufacture. The four stained glass windows are also very aesthetic as well as the carving of a flame pointed arch ending with a fleuron. The belfry tower is quite simple. It has an octagonal shape and it's on the left hand side of the building looking at its entrance from across the street.
    Once inside one can realise that it's a single nave church. The nave in question is considerably high, and it's covered with a ribbed vault. The side chapels, constructed in the XVI century, communicate with each other through semicircle arch passages. The vaults of those chapels are arris ones. Over the side chapels there is an upper storey looking onto the central nave through large cemicirulars arches having a stone balustrade on their lower parts. The temple is a Latin cross church, the chancel being raised several steps above the nave, and it's there where a large gilded reredos is located. This is a splendid meticulously elaborated gothic altarpiece which partly conceals the little rose window behind. Over the crossing there is a large ribbed dome, which is the highest point at the center of the building, with a octagonal shaped base and a skylight.
    It could be upheld that the church concerned is not a extaordinary monument, apart from a few details such as the stated altarpiece and the portal in the main façade. Notwithstanding that it can't be denied that the visit thereof may turn up to be interesting. Among other things, that may let one observe the coexistence of the gothic exterior with the neoromanesque and partly gothic inner part, and learn a little about the church history, which is related to some historical events having somehow had an impact on the Barcelona urban environment. Moreover, when there is no service or large groups moving around the church interior is very peaceful thus enabling visitors to relax for a while before possibly contiunuing their tour.
    Written 21 July 2019
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  • annvalang
    Turi, Estonia825 contributions
    Beautiful hospital complex. At first, we had some trouble finding the main entrance. Friendly staff. The complex is huge. Nice to have an audioguide with you.
    Written 24 July 2022
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  • Dimitris L
    Sydney, Australia41,744 contributions
    Santuari de la Mare de Deu Del Carme Barcelona is an unusual building for a church in Barcelona, or even in Spain. But it's a large building and a nice one too. It looks rather nice from the outside, but it's even lovelier inside. The area is quite a busy one with traffic, as it's a very large intersection. There is a number of shops in the vicinity.
    Written 24 May 2019
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  • LENPHOTOGRAPHIC
    Tring, UK6,639 contributions
    We were taken here to see the effects of the bombing during the civil war.
    The tiny church of Sant Felip Neri is tucked away in a hidden corner of the Gothic Quarter: a little square with a romantic atmosphere which bears the same name. The baroque yet austere façade bears the scars of bombing.. However, it is the pock-marked walls that attract our attention the most. These wounds etched into the stone of Sant Felip Neri are a reminder of the aerial bombardment that took place in January 1938 at the height of the Civil War, ending the lives of 42 people, many of them children, who had taken shelter in the basement of the convent. The finger of fate dictated that a bomb would fall right on top of the shelter. (quoted from website as of interest)
    Written 9 November 2019
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