Barcelona Cathedral: a Gothic gem majestic
Perhaps the attractions of Barcelona, you will begin to see with the Cathedral, a striking example of Gothic Catalan architecture. The spires of the Cathedral can be seen from any point of the Gothic quarter. Here in the 6th century was the Roman Basilica, which in the late 8th century transferred the relics of the Christian Martyr, patron Saint of the town of Saint Eulalia. Even a century later, the Basilica was destroyed by the Moors, after a century appeared Cathedral Romanesque Cathedral and Gothic Cathedral was started in the late 13th century, when the ruler was James II. The work completed by the middle of the 15th century (but the Western facade was finished in 19th.). The construction was carried out by tracing of Rouen Cathedral, which is why the Cathedral in Barcelona combines the features of French and Spanish Gothic.
The nave of the Cathedral, beautifully illuminated, decorated with Gothic elements. Most of it is given over to the court for choir, curvy fence which is decorated with marble reliefs bartolomé Ordoñez, famous Spanish sculptor of the 16th century. All of the many side chapels of the Cathedral are a veritable museums. Especially good is the chapel of the Transfiguration with its magnificent reliefs. And chapel del Santo Cristo de Lepanto referred to as one of the unparalleled samples of Gothic. In the chapel, located in the North, there is a Museum with a masterpiece of the 15th century: the work of La Pietat of bartolomé Bermejo.
Another utilitarianist Cathedral is the alabaster sarcophagus of the patron Saint of Barcelona, Saint Eulalia, executed by the pupil of the famous Giovanni Pisano, Italian sculptor of the 16th century. In the chapels which surround the choir gallery, are the altars, which are considered masterpieces of Catalan art. Next to the chapel is the Major sacristy of the Cathedral Treasury: with a priceless collection of religious art masterpieces.
The altar of the Cathedral can not be remembered due to the majestic interpretation of the crucifixion of Christ. Cloister courtyard to admire the most picky connoisseurs. It consists of galleries with arches filled with loquat, palm and orange trees, there is also a mossy Central pond with a fountain, and dwells in the pond a flock of white geese. Not only the Cathedral, but even these white geese, in fact, represent for the tourist attractions of Barcelona . Looks great big bell tower, Gothic arches, all the architectural elements of the building that makes the Cathedral is extremely beautiful and impressive-majestic.