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Barcelona Cathedral

Opening hours Cathedral:

Weekdays: 8:00-12:45 and 17:15-19:30. Weekends and holidays: 8:00-13:45 17:15-20:00

Tourist visit: weekdays: 13:00-17:00. Weekends and holidays: 14:00-17:00

Outside the Cathedral you can see at any time of the day or night for free

How to get there : Pla Seu, Barcelona, 08002

Metro . Jaume I (line 4)

If the Sagrada Familia is unique in the world achievement of engineering and architectural design, the Barcelona Cathedral is the main religious Institute of the city and is the seat of the Bishop of Barcelona. Continue reading

Gothic architecture

The Gothic style mainly manifested in the architecture of temples, cathedrals, churches, monasteries. Developed on the basis of the Romanesque, or rather Burgundian architecture. Unlike the Romanesque style with its round arches, massive walls and small Windows, typical of Gothic arches with a pointed top, a narrow and high towers and columns, the richly decorated facade with carved details (winery, tympanum, archivolt) and multicolor stained glass Lancet Windows. All the style elements that emphasize the vertical.

In Gothic architecture distinguish 3 stages of development: early, Mature (high Gothic), and late.

The Church of the monastery of Saint-Denis , designed by Abbot Suger, is considered the first Gothic architectural structure. In its construction were removed many pillars and interior walls, and the Church has become more graceful look compared to Romanesque “fortress of God”. As a sample, in most cases, took the chapel of Sainte-Chapelle in Paris.

From Ile-de-France (France) Gothic architectural style spread in Western, Central, and southern Europe — in Germany, England, etc. In Italy he reigned long, and, as a “barbaric style” quickly gave way to the Renaissance; and since he came here from Germany, it is still called “stile tedesco” — German style. Continue reading

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