Places we’ll visit during our Gothic Quarter Barcelona Tour
Roman Barcelona: The Roman legacy of the city is seen all around. The Barcelona Gothic Quarter and its modern additions were built surrounding the 2000 year old Roman core, which is still visible at the heart of the city. We will visit the Roman walls, the towers of Plaça Nova, the main streets of the ancient Roman city (now Bisbe and Llibreteria streets) and the untouched Via sepulcral.
The Barcelona Gothic Quarter (Barri Gotic): The largest medieval quarter in Europe, the Barri Gothic has a magnificent array of palaces and streets. Much of our Gothic Quarter Barcelona Tour takes place here.
La Plaça Sant Jaume: This square has been the center of political power for over 2000 years. It was originally the site of the Roman forum, the central square in the Roman city, and now is home to the governments of both Barcelona and Catalonia .
Barcelona Cathedral (La Catedral de Barcelona): 160 gargoyles protect the 900 year old Cathedral which is full of treasures and has many tales to tell. La Catedral has three very different doors: Portal de Saint Iu is the oldest (1298) and is adorned with Romanesque sculptures of knights and dragons. The second door leads to the cloister and the main, most recent door was finished just in the 1880s.
Las Ramblas Barcelona: Ramblas in Catalonian means ‘river bed’ and this was true of the area until 1377 when medieval walls were built and the water was diverted. Las Ramblas was transformed into a street which quickly became a site for markets and festivals. It stretches 1.2 km (o.75 miles) from Plaça Catalunya (Catalunya Square) to the Christopher Columbus Tower and the old harbour and hosts flower shops, artists and a parade of colourful and unique characters.
Santa Anna Monastery: Built in the 1100s, this little known jewel is in a charming square in the Barcelona Gothic Quarter away from the noise and busyness of the city.
King’s Square (La Plaça del Rei): An astonishing untouched 14th century square sorrounded by the medieval Royal Palace and the Throne Room. Full of histories, it was the site where an attempt to assassinate King Ferdinand occurred, as well as the reception of Columbus after his travels to America. The headquarters of the Inquisition Tribunal were also located here.
Sant Felip Neri: A secluded and romantic square near the Jewish quarter, full of secrets and tragic tales and a favourite location of artists and filmmakers.
Jewish Quarter (El Call): The Jewish community played an important role in medieval Barcelona and the city was home to many renowned Jews in history including cartographers, doctors and advisors. Today, the Jewish Quarter of Barcelona contains the narrowest streets, the oldest houses in the city and the oldest synagogue in Europe.
Passeig del Born: OurGothic Quarter Barcelona Tour continues on to another medieval quarter of Barcelona, el Born. There we will visit Passeig del Born, the original site of medieval jousting and tournaments from the 13th century. Now a scenic boulevard, it still has many of its original medieval features including those related to knight and cavalry combat.
Santa Maria del Mar: This basilica, that took just 60 years to build, was intended to be a place of worship for the common people while Barcelona Cathedral was reserved for the nobility. The building is nonetheless very beautifully decorated with features unique only to it. In the center of the altar, in place of a cross you will not see a cross, you will see a merchant ship and, on the main door, you can still find the figures of the dock workers who carried stone blocks on their backs to build the basilica. Santa Maria del Mar is the most beloved church in Barcelona.