The Barcelona Cathedral

There are really only a few buildings in the heart of Barcelona that can be truly said to command the city, but the Barcelona Cathedral is one of them.

The very impressive front facade of the medieval Barcelona Cathedral.

The very impressive front facade of the medieval Barcelona Cathedral.

The exterior alone is a marvel. It was built over a span of the 13th through 15th centuries, with most of the outer front facade being more recent.

These are a few of the apostles along the front face.

These are a few of the apostles along the front face. Also note the dress code posted for those who wish to tour the cathedral.

the amazing details up close.

the amazing details up close.

Only Theo and I went in the Cathedral. It was pretty funny, because they don’t start charging until you turn 13, and the lady at the payment window asked (told) Theo how old he was, as he began telling her he was 13…”How old are you? You are 12, aren’t you? Right? You are 12, I am sure. Just nod…” She wouldn’t hear of anything else. Inside would have been well worth tickets for us both.

Theo and I learned that those vaulted crossed stone ceilings are part of what makes this cathedral Gothic.

Theo and I learned that those vaulted crossed stone ceilings are part of what makes this cathedral Gothic.

Walking through this building, one is struck by the realization that ordinary people in the 1300s and 1400s conceived of this structure, understood how to raise such a structure, crafted it well enough to last going on a millennia, and committed generations of people to achieving this masterpiece. Wow.

The definition of "awe-inspiring."

The definition of “awe-inspiring.”

And the glass...

And the glass…

The whole building is an art museum. Take the carvings in these seats in the choir, each one INDIVIDUAL and different…

Medieval artists work for God...

Medieval artists work for God…

There was an enclosed garden adjoining the cathedral, and an elevator to the roof. I’ll continue our tour next post.

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