Religious Sights Walking Tour, Barcelona

Barcelona is rightfully regarded as one of the world's key religious destinations. The number of churches, cathedrals and chapels worth visiting in the Catalan capital is enormous. This three-hour tour will show you to some of them.
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Guide Name: Religious Sights Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Barcelona (See other walking tours in Barcelona)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Author: clare
Parròquia de Santa Anna

1) Parròquia de Santa Anna

The square of the Church of Santa Anna in Barcelona is a popular tourist spot. Here, one can find people walking around, gazing at the scenery or simply enjoying the moment. Tastefully built nineteenth century structures surround this church, giving it a splendid look and making it a perfect centrally-located attraction of the city. According to the history of this beautiful place of worship, it was once part of the convent that stood beyond the city walls, dating back to the 11th century. The architecture of the edifice is a perfect blend of Romanesque and Gothic styles. One of the entrances to the city was located in the Santa Anna Street during the middle ages.

A visit to Santa Anna ideally takes from half hour to one and a half hours, and there is no waiting time. The admission to the church is also free. There is no climate control indoors. All age groups are welcome, however adults- both individual travellers and couples – are particularly recommended to visit Santa Anna to appreciate its artistic splendour. The church is an excellent destination for locals and tourists alike. The Church of Santa Anna does not offer parking space therefore the most ideal modes of transportation are walking, taking a bus or the subway.
Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi

2) Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi (must see)

The church of Santa Maria del Pi (or 'Saint Mary of the Pine Tree') is a Gothic style church built in the 14th century on the Placa del Pi, in Barcelona. It is located in the famous Gothic quarter of the city and hence, similar to all other structures present in this district, lacks any form of ornamentation that is consistent with the Gothic style. The construction of this church took place from the year 1319 to the year 1391.

The church was engulfed by a large fire in 1936 due to which several of its features have had to be reproduced and restored to the building. It comprises a large-sized rose window and the main entrance to the church is below the Gothic arch. Placed in the centre of the church is a statue of the Virgin and Child. Located at the posterior side of the semicircular apse is an ancient doorway. This door was the main entrance to the church previously.

As the city and the surroundings of this church developed over the years, the complete view of the church has been obstructed and one cannot view the ancient walls of the structure.

Why You Should Visit:
Very nice in its simplicity; a peaceful place to sit quietly and cool off while checking out the biggest colorful glass rosette in Europe.

If you go early or late, admission is free (otherwise it's a couple euros).
You can climb the bell tower for an extra fee to get a 360 view of the city, but note that times are limited (closed after dusk).

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9:30am-8:30pm
Església de Sant Jaume

3) Església de Sant Jaume

It is true that the Church of Saint Jaime has replaced the structure of Barcelona’s old synagogue that was present at this site for centuries, but contrary to the misconception, the appearance and the name of this particular church has no association whatsoever with the Jewish culture which was once prevalent in Barcelona. Situated on the Calle Ferran, the church is surrounded by the most commercial area of Barcelona which is packed with shops, restaurants, bars and several other buildings. The architecture of the building does divert one’s attention from the shopping for several minutes and one is forced to appreciate the structure.

This church was built somewhere in the 19th century. Although the replacement of the synagogue meant new construction and expansion, one can still see a part that is left from the original construction. The old high Gothic alter was a later addition to the church which came in 1970. The surroundings and neighbourhood of the church still display certain elements of the Jewish culture in the form of Hebrew engravings in two minor streets.

Calle Ferran (also commonly known as the Minor call), where the church is located is one of the major streets of the famous Barri Gothic. The church itself has the elements of Gothic style of art and architecture about it.
Basílica de la Mare de Déu de la Mercè

4) Basílica de la Mare de Déu de la Mercè (must see)

The Basilica 'of Our Lady of Mercy' is one of the most well-known churches in Barcelona, mainly because it is home to the patron saint of the city, Virgen de la Merce. Most Barcelona football players associate her with each victory. The basilica is not in its original form today because of the remodeling and expansion that took place from the 14th to the 15th century. The master plan of the structure, however, was done by Josep Mas I Cordel, as it is seen today.

The church is located in the famous Plaça de la Mercè and was originally based on the Gothic style of architecture before the remodeling took place. Mass is conducted at the church daily from Mondays to Fridays at noon and at 7:30 pm. It must also be noted that on Sunday, the mass is performed in Spanish and during the rest of the days of the week, it is conducted in Catalan.

Commendable music concerts, as well as excellent gospel choirs, may occasionally be found here as well. Tourists must stay sharp while visiting this area, however, because of the many pickpockets that roam the streets.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the best churches to see in Barcelona, due to its location and architecture.

Entrance is free and the only thing that costs is going to the top for the view.
Catedral de Barcelona (La Seu)

5) Catedral de Barcelona (La Seu) (must see)

La Seu, or the Barcelona Cathedral is one of the most famous and most celebrated sites and religious structures in the city; a classic example of 14th-century Gothic architecture.

This church, constructed on an elevated ground, is considered to be the city's religious centre. Historical records suggest that this site was previously occupied by a temple and later a mosque before the cathedral was established.

Perhaps the most well known religious structure present in Barcelona is Antonio Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia, but the Barcelona Cathedral firmly holds its position as one of the most magnificently built structures in the country. The cathedral is a tasteful and splendid blend of both Renaissance and medieval designs. It also features a tall bell tower which is also a classic example of Gothic art and architecture.

Behind the high altar of the cathedral, there is a beautiful alabaster sarcophagus of the cathedral’s patroness, Santa Eulalia, who was also the co-patroness of the city of Barcelona. According to historical records, Santa Eulalia was burned at the stake by the Romans for her firm and staunch beliefs, which contradicted with the Roman teachings. It has become a tradition for visitors to the Cathedral to leave their coins here.

Why You Should Visit:
A very nice mix of church, mini park, place to relax, place to pray...

Free to visit before 1pm and after 5:45pm (weekdays), with different schedules for weekends and public holidays.
For a €3 fee, you can take the lift up and get fabulous views over the rooftops of the city.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chapel of Santa Àgata

6) Chapel of Santa Àgata (must see)

Capella de Santa Àgata was constructed in 1302 by King James II of Aragon and his wife Blanca of Naples to join the Royal Palace and replace the old chapel that was in this palace. The chapel style is Gothic Catalan. It has a single nave with a rectangular apse Polygon, a small cruise to the chapel of the Queens, where you can see the coats of Maria of Navarre and of Eleanor of Sicily. On the part of the sacristy is the octagonal bell tower, with completion in eight triangular pediments like a royal crown, it was built in the first quarter of the fourteenth century. Sculptor John Claperós, under the rule of King Pedro of Portugal (the 1,463th-1,466th), made sixty clay tiles with representations of angels and the coat of arms of Aragon and Sicily.

Why You Should Visit:
Another beautiful Catalan monument in the beautiful Gothic Quarter, that should not be missed when visiting the History Museum (your visit is included in the entrance price of the Museum).

Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photos without a flashlight.
Capilla de Marcús

7) Capilla de Marcús

Barcelona is considered to be one of the greatest destinations to behold some of the most magnificently built places of worship in the world. Among the many religious structures in the city the chapel of Marcus or the Capilla de Marcús is a marvel in its own right.

It was built during the Romanesque period in the 12th century and was located near the ancient Roman road that used to lead visitors out of the city. The chapel was erected in order to honour the Mare de Déu de la Guía. The ancient Roman road is now called the Calle Carders, and this area is still located near the chapel.

The Capilla is an authentic medieval structure with the interior refurbished in the neoclassical style during the 19th century. The building itself dates back to the 12th century and was dedicated to the Roman deities that rule the sea. The original blind arches that formed the exterior can still be viewed here.

The chapel near the church of Santa María del Mar - located in Calle Carders - was constructed during the Romanesque period. It is open to visitors from 10am to 2pm, and from 4 pm to 6 pm seven days a week.
Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

8) Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar (must see)

Barcelona‘s Ribera district is dominated by Santa Maria del Mar, an imposing church built between 1329 and 1383, at the height of Catalonia's maritime and mercantile preeminence. It is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that are very unusual in large medieval buildings. From the outside, Santa Maria gives an impression of massive severity that belies the interior. Images of Saint Peter and Saint Paul occupy niches on either side of the west door, and the tympanum shows the Saviour flanked by Our Lady and Saint John. In contrast with the exterior, the interior gives an impression of light and spaciousness. It is of the basilica type, with its three aisles forming a single space with no transepts and no architectural boundary between nave and presbytery. The simple ribbed vault is supported on slender octagonal columns and abundant daylight streams in through the tall clerestory windows.

Why You Should Visit:
Very grand and very well preserved; offers a lift to the roof, small "art gallery", the crypt, beautiful stone carvings, choir gallery, and the most astoundingly peaceful courtyard with a large pond.
Lots of local cafés with outside tables so a lovely area to wander around.

It's possible to take part in a guided tour up to the roof, which is actually very interesting and combined with some of the most exciting views over Barcelona.
Make sure you are properly dressed to enter, though, as there are guards who may turn you away if you're not.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am-8:30pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Castrense Parish

9) Castrense Parish

Castrense Parish dates back to 1720, it has a single nave with chapels on its sides. It was built in a Neo-classical style with a French inspiration. Formerly it was a part of the fortification of the citadel, and when it collapsed, the church was preserved. In the nineteenth century, with the Universal Exhibition in Barcelona and the Citadel converted into a public garden were destroyed most military buildings.
Church of Sant Pere de les Puelles

10) Church of Sant Pere de les Puelles

The Church of Sant pere de les Puelles was associated with the historical feminine convent established by Riquilda along with Earls Sunyer. The church is not very well known outside Barcelona, but it is still an important structure in the city. Despite the passage of time, the sacred consecration document is still safe at the church today. Adelaide was the first Abbess of this Convent.

The church has replaced another place of worship that was built in the 9th century, paying respect to Sant Sadurni who was the bishop of Toulouse. Certain parts of the original architecture have been preserved and retained into the new structure; these are visible in the atrium vestibule.

Originally, the building was designed and built in the form of a Greek cross, having 4 rectangular components converging towards the centre of the square. The building included four large, slightly inclined arches which were supported with the help of monolithic pillars. The roof has an octagon shaped base, whereas a semicircular roof is present over the 4 limbs of the cross.

Although it still remains unknown to many, the church of Sant Pere de les Puelles boasts a rather rich history. The structure itself is a sight to behold due to its magnificent architecture.

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