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 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.
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.
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 whole building is an art museum. Take the carvings in these seats in the choir, each one INDIVIDUAL and different…
There was an enclosed garden adjoining the cathedral, and an elevator to the roof. I’ll continue our tour next post.