The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Catalan: Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Spanish: Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia) in Barcelona, Spain usually doesn’t get much attention compared to the Basílica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, but if you are into architecture and historical buildings I definitely recommend visiting this cathedral. Hopefully you will be luckier than me, as the facade was being repaired and completed covered when I was there, which is always really frustrating. But, since I was already there, I went inside and how surprised I was. The interior is just stunning.
Commonly known as La Seu, this cathedral started being constructed in 1298, but due to civil wars and the black death which hit the city several times, construction only progressed slowly. It took until 1460 before the main building was completed. The Gothic facade was finished much later, in 1889, and the last part, the central spire, was completed only in 1913. The design of both the facade and the spire are from the French architect Charles Galters. The choir stalls retain the coats-of-arms of the knights of the Order of the Golden Fleece.
by Felipe Pitta