Barcelona Part 3 – the Gothic town

A year and a half have passed since I wrote the previous post in this series – about Parc Guell, Gaudi’s masterpiece and the most famous park in Barcelona. Back then I’ve promised the next post would be about Barcelona’s heart – downtown medieval borough known as the Barri Gotic (Gothic Borough). Well, better late than never, right?

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Medieval Barcelona through Google EarthThe Barri Gotic (Traditional Spanish: Barrio Gótico) is the core of Barcelona, and it is a preserved borough with buildings dating back to the late middle ages (around 14th century) . There’s also a few remaining from the roman Barcelona.  Santa Eulalia, the Cathedral of Barcelona, along with many other churches and convents, medieval and renaissance palaces, residential buildings, narrow streets and plazas form this beautiful town museum situated in the middle of the bustling metropolis, bordered by the famous promenade La Rambla, the harbor of Barcelona and Via Laietana.

Santa Eulalia Cathedral and square

Sta Eulalia Cathedral

Pont del Bisbe (Bishop’s bridge) Barri Gotic, Barcelona

Medieval bridge in Barri Gotic, Barcelona

The royal palace of medieval Catalunya…

Medieval royal palace

… and the Barcelona city history museum underneath it

Barcelona history museum

Another important landmark is the church Santa María del Mar.

Santa Maria del Mar Exterior
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Hope you’ve enjoyed this virtual excursion into medieval Barcelona. There might be a fouth post in the Barcelona series, though I won’t promise this time, just in case. 🙂