BCN’s Gothic Quarter is the true heart of Barcelona. The oldest part of the city, it was the site chosen by the Romans during the Reign of Augustus (27 BC – AD 14) on which to found the new town. Since that time, it has been the location of the city’s administration buildings as well as the Barcelona Cathedral and the royal palace, Palau de la Generalitat, the site where Columbus was received by Ferdinand and Isabel on his return from the New World in 1492.
Barcelona Cathedral - this gothic cathedral was begun in the 12th century, and is still under construction and/or restoration today. The main facade was not completed till 1898 - today it is covered for renovation (first phot below). The backside of the cathedral contains the romansque elements from earlier periods. Photos of the cloisters are also included along with a fountain and statue of St. George.
Interior of Barcelona Cathedral - interior photos of the nave, choir stalls, crypt, and the Cappella de Sant Benet, the chapel dedicated to the founder of the Benedictine Order and patron saint of Europe.
Scenes in and about the Gothic Quarter.
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar - the only example of a chuch built entireley in the Catalan Gothic architecture. It took just 55 years to complete, which is unrivaled in the Middle Ages.