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.
On the way through some narrow streets we found the “happy pill” outlet, and our first glimpse of the spires of the cathedral.
down one of the narrow streets we were led to this popular landmark.
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.
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.
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.
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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