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Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
July 17, 2012
From journal Barcelona
by Joy S
Manchester, England, United Kingdom
April 19, 2012
From journal Sightseeing in Barcelona
Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
October 25, 2009
From journal Five Fantastic Days in Barcelona
December 28, 2006
From journal Dragons of Barcelona
St. Louis, Missouri
August 24, 2003
Other buildings in the area include the Casa de la Pia Almoina built in the 15th century. Next to the Cathedral on one side is the Frederic Mares Museum and a little further on is the Clariana Padellas house with contains the City History Museum. This museum has Roman, Visigoth and Moorish remains in it. Also in this immediate area is the Placa del Rei, which is a medieval site and also contains the archives of the crown of Aragon. The Chapel of Santa Agueda, which is also a 14th-century Gothic church, is also here. On the other side of the Cathedral is the Casa de l’Ardiaca and a unique historic site called the Deacon’s house, which was built in the 12th century over one section of the old Roman walls.
All in all, many buildings, many old buildings and many famous parts of old buildings. I could not keep it all straight in my head till I saw a map of the places we were visiting. So, I took a picture of that map and included it here. In short, the Gothic Quarter and the Barcelona Cathedral specifically represent the medieval to renaissance sections of the historic district of Barcelona. There is also a fragment of a Roman temple to Apollo in the courtyard area in front of the main facade of the Cathedral. Four columns are all that’s left but it’s interesting that these are even here with all the Christian church building that went on in the area. Also, on the backside of the Cathedral is the remains of the old Roman wall of the old city. In the picture below, it is the lowest strata of rock and frankly looks old!
One last thing . . . I’m going to try and tell you WHERE the Gothic quarter is! Most maps will have the Plaza de Catalunya clearly marked. (It is at one end of the Ramblas) There is a street named Ave. Portal de l’Angel. Head towards the ocean or east on that and it will dead end into the Cathedral and the Gothic Quarter.
From journal Barcelona-Home of the Catalonians
January 29, 2003
We entered through the cloisters, where there is a fountain, ducks, and a giftshop (a strange combination in a church, no?). Upon entering the church, we went straight down the steps to the crypt, which you cannot actually enter but you can pay a Euro and the lights will come on for your viewing. It is actually the resting place of St. Eulalia and is very impressive. You can take an elevator up to the bell tower for two Euro, but we had seen enough of the city from above so we skipped it. We just walked around the church admiring the altars to the saints (there are 28 side chapels) and all of the gothic architecture. You can view the Choir from the outside, but it is another fee to go into it (again, we skipped it).
The church was quite busy when we were there, so it was a little difficult to get around (I can't imagine it in August!). We did a quick walkaround and then exited out of the front door and viewed the exterior of the church.
From journal Offseason Barcelona
March 30, 2001
From journal Barcelona--Gaudi, Wow!