Barcelona • •Architecture
Discover the history and curiosities of the Gothic Quarter on a video tour with our best SUYUH guides that deliver stories not shared on a conventional physical tour. If you're looking for a deeper dive into the city’s historic attractions, this tour introduces you to aspects of the city most tourists miss.
Moreover, with over 2,000 years of history behind them, these streets have some tales to tell. You will hear tales of ghosts, exorcists, wandering spirits, and legends as you pace the cobbled streets of Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter.
Some highlights of this tour:
1. Catedral de Barcelona: Speaking of cathedrals in Barcelona, the first thing that comes into our minds (99%) must be La Sagrada Familia. However, there's another beautiful cathedral, in fact, the main cathedral of Barcelona located in the heart of this city. The Cathedral of Barcelona, also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia. It is a Gothic cathedral that was constructed from the thirteenth to fifteenth centuries, with the principal work done in the fourteenth century.
2. Plaça del Rei: Located in the Gothic Quarter, Plaça del Rei (translated to King's Square) is surrounded by Gothic and Renaissance architecture, with only the southwest side leading to the Cathedral of Barcelona. On the north side of the square is the PalauReialMajor, with the Gothic tower on the left overlooking the medieval city and the stairs on the right leading to the Saló del Tinell and the Capella de Santa Àgata on the east side of the square. There are some restaurants and bars on the edge if you feel like taking a break from walking in the gothic quart.
3. Capella de Santa Àgueda(Chapel of Santa Àgata: It is built in 1302 and is located next to the Palau Reial Major. Its interior preserves the extraordinary frescoes of the master of the royal domain or Retablo del Condestable (15th century) by Jaume Huguet. The Capilla de Santa Ágata, also known as the Capilla Real, is part of the Palau Reial Major complex, which was built on the walls of the Roman city in 1302 by the order of Jaume II and his wife Blanca D'Anjou. The chapel houses a 15th-century fresco of the Crowned Field Master by Jaume Huguet, one of the landmarks of Catalan painting. From a small room to the right of the altar, a staircase leads to a tower built in the 16th century by Martín El Humano.
4. Museu Picasso: It is not only a place to admire his art, but also a deep dive into his history with Barcelona, the intimate, solid relationship he shares with this beautiful city. How his youth and growing up were shaped and what drove him to France. Whether you are an art lover or not, here is your chance to learn more about Picasso and Barcelona.
5. Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mar: The Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar is one of the most popular churches in Barcelona. (Also my favorite church of all time!)Built-in the 14th century, this church is also one of the most beautiful Catalan Gothic churches, on par with the main Cathedral and the Sagrada Familia, and is loved by both locals and tourists.
6. Basílica de Santa Maria del Pí: Construction of the church began in the early 14th century. It was agreed to name the church after a pine tree in the square (pi means pine in Catalan), which symbolizes purity and advancement. However, it is not named after THE pine tree in front of the church, though a lot of people thought so.
7. Kissing Mural: The artist Joan Fontcuberta collected photos from the public under the theme of "Moments of Freedom", which was finally pieced together in 2014 to form this mosaic wall, which looks like a pair of kissing lovers from a distance.
8. Bar Els 4Cats: Els Quatre Gats is a modernist bar at Avda Portal d' Angel in the Gothic Quarter(Barri Gòtic). Walking into this bar is like walking into a time machine. The best part is you'd meet lots of great artists from the part. Picasso and his friends used to hang out in this bar in the early 1900s. He also undertook his first commissioned work for designing the front cover of the menu.