Barcelona Cathedral, Cathedral of Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona Cathedral

Cathedral of Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Barcelona Cathedral

Barcelona Cathedral is undoubtedly an impressive building, & the heart of Barcelona's religious community. As one may expect it is located in the city centre, & forms an important link in the chain of attractions that many people come to Barcelona to see.

The Cathedral's origins point to a very different structure. The ancient Basilica that stood in its place was destroyed by the Moorish occupation under Al-Mansur in 925AD. Its remains can still be seen in the City History Museum. Around 1046 a new cathedral was started at the request of Bishop Guislabert. It was however shortlived, & there is little that remains to tell us much about this building. Except that it is believed to have occupied part of the Gothic building.

Construction of the present day Cathedral of Barcelona began in the year 1298AD. Tremendously elaborate its concept was a marvel at the time, & a huge undertaking for the city & the men involved in its creation. So much so that work on its facade remained unfinished until the end of the 19th century. This was taken on by the architects Josep Oriol Mestres & August Font I Carreras, taking their inspiration from a drawing dating from the 15th century by Mestre Carli. By day or night the cathedral is a magnificent attraction, graced by many visitors all year round. Another main draw for the crowds is its art collection, dating from 1300's to the 1700's. Displayed are many improtant Spanish works, & the collection is considered to be one of the finest of its type.

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