Barcelona 2

Barcelona 2

From our hotel in the north end of the Gothic Quarter, we were able to walk to the famous La Seu Cathedral of Barcelona. This is only one of several cathedrals in the quarter.

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La Seu Cathedral of Barcelona

beginning a morning walking tour in the rain

beginning a morning walking tour in the rain

when it is raining you do not need a fountain.

when it is raining you do not need a fountain.

Refugees Welcome - May 2016

Refugees Welcome – May 2016

Gothic Quarter

Gothic Quarter

On the way through some narrow streets we found the “happy pill” outlet, and our first glimpse of the spires of the cathedral.

 

did you get your happy pills?

did you get your happy pills?

down one of the narrow streets we were led to this popular landmark.

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This is the picture-postcard bridge over the Carrer del Bisbe (Bishop street) that connects the Palau de la Generalitat with the Casa dels Canonges. The tiny covered bridge was built in 1928 by the Modernista architect Joan Rubió. It was around this time that the term ‘Gothic Quarter’ was coined.

You have to be good neighbours to do this

You have to be good neighbours to do this

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Cloister of La Seu Cathedral

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13 Geese in the cloister

There are always thirteen geese in the courtyard of La Seu Cathedral. Each goose represents one year in the life of the martyr Santa Eulalia, a young girl allegedly tortured to death in the fourth century by the Romans for her religion. The cloister also contains a small museum with precious liturgical artifacts.

Next on our tour was a bus ride to the hill top to see an overview of the city.

Port view from on high

Port view from on high

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Port Vell

Public Dock on left

Public Dock on the right.

Morning fog

Morning fog

Landmarks in the photo above are the bullet shaped Torre Arbar, the 34 floor office building built by the water department. It is in the upper right. In the mist, just to the right of center is the spire of  La Seu Cathedral. In the upper left is Sagrada Familia.

Morning rain

Morning rain

Next stop will be the construction site of the Sagrada Familia. The cranes are still working, there are more spires to build.

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