The Barrio Gotíco (Gothic Quarter) is the heart of the city and historic, political and religious district of Barcelona. Showcasing the origins of the city that it is today, built on ancient Roman colony, and having witnessed the wars and the cultural uprising, the civil unrest and the modern life, there is much to the tales that these carrers (streets) want to tell. The Gothic quarter has many plaças (squares) where time seems to halt. However one of the main attractions, right in the heart of the district is the Cathedral of Barcelona which has a stunning courtyard full of plants and surprisingly, geese.
Catedral de Barcelona
Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona. Built over a period of six centuries, the foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid down in 1298. The building itself is a mosaic of architectural styles and eras, dominated by the Gothic style; its calling card is its neo-Gothic façade, dating back to 1890. Its interior is filled with light and surprises for the visitor. The cathedral is dedicated to Eulàlia, co-patron saint of Barcelona, a young virgin who, according to Catholic tradition, suffered martyrdom during Roman times in the city. The choir stalls, 25 side chapels, the crypt of Santa Eulàlia and the 13 cloister geese; trusted guardians of the cathedral (adage is that 13 geese symbolise the age when Eulàlia was martyred.) are sure to captivate anyone.