323. Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia

IMG_4514 (480x640) IMG_4527 (480x640) IMG_4576 (640x480) IMG_4585 (480x640)When you say “Cathedral” and “Barcelona”, most people automatically think of the Sagrada Familia. TheĀ Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, however, was almost as magnificent (I only say almost, because the Sagrada Familia really is quite mind blowing). It is a gothic masterpiece, shining in all its Catholic glory, both on the gargoyle laden exterior and the gold covered, stained glass window filled interior. Whilst going up to the roof and looking out over Barcelona was fairly magical, the best bit by far was the courtyard in the middle with a pond full of swans. It seems no extravagance is spared in this building! It was only a shame they had electric offeratoy candles and coin-stampy vending machines cheapening the entire affair. Gaudi’s workshop immediately outside was handy, though!