Barcelona Sights to See - Barri Gotic (The Gothic Quarter)
Between Las Ramblas and the Passeig de Picasso you will find one of Barcelona's most famous and most fascinating areas.
Gotic, the Gothic
The fame of this unique section of Barcelona is well deserved. It is here that visitors find streets and buildings from the Middle Ages that will provide hours of fascinating exploration. It is here that small winding alleyways offer places where tourists can find all manner of Gothic-era buildings, shops housed in centuries-old structures, cafes and much more.
Arrayed around Placa
de Sant Jaume Square are some of the most fascinating
examples of medieval architecture in Europe. Just down the street is
the Town Hall
built in the 15th century. Next door is the Parlament de
Catalunya where the Catalan
parliament holds its sessions. Facing it is the
magnificent Palau de la
Generalitat. Down Madoz,
walkers can find the Palau Reial
where a flea market is held on Sunday.
Walk along the Carrer
del Bisbe Irurita and you'll come to the entrance of one
of the most magnificent churches in Europe, the soaring cathedral, La Seu. This 14th
century structure has been updated periodically since its founding and
now sports a stellar 19th century faux-Gothic
Lovers of religious architecture will not want to miss standing in the Placa de la Seu
outside for a good view. After that, visitors can enjoy a fine Spanish
coffee or tapas
while they continue to explore the buildings and many ornaments from a
Even the smaller churches of Barcelona are well worth a look. The Iglesia de
Santa Maria del Pi is one example of a church that
continues to attract visitors by the score every summer. There are even
small hotels to stay at in the area for those who want to make the
Barri Gotic their home base while touring in Barcelona.
And there are sections that are still older. Barcelona is an ancient
Roman city dating back about 2,000 years. There are many remnants of
that early beginning still extant in modern Barcelona. Roman walls,
stone streets and other elements betray the leftover Roman influence of
the ancient city of Barcino
here. At the Casa
de l'Ardiaca it is even possible to see remnants of a
Despite all the artifacts of antiquity, there are many modern sights to
see as well in this area filled with historic buildings, enclaves and
roads. The Els
Quatre Gats is still in business, serving
as it once served Pablo
Picasso. Not far away is the El Museo
Picasso filled with the artist's works.
There are even examples of new architecture done in a much older style.
The Bridge of Sighs
hangs over one street between two buildings. Though
built in the 1920s, it resembles its much older cousin in Venice from
which it was copied. With its intricate stone railings and arches, it
will provide architecture lovers with much to study.
Shoppers will find many worth while sights, too. There are shops galore
along Carrer de Ferran.
They're filled with bargains that any tourist
will want to explore. Lace, handcrafts, clothing and much more adorn
walls that have seen many generations come and go.
In the public square those who enjoy street performers can find an
outstanding example in the weekly Sardana
Dance performances given
here. After applauding and donating a euro, wander over to one of the
many cafes and have a cool cerveza. Later in the evening explore the
numerous nightclubs dotting the Barri Gotic.
In Barcelona, old and new get along quite nicely in the Barri