The Gothic quarter
The historic part of Barcelona called the Gothic, is considered the pearl of the Catalan metropolis. Stone buildings, palaces and mansions, churches, apartment houses, narrow streets and squares of the quarter kept secrets of the middle ages.
Part of the city where well-preserved architectural masterpieces is dominated by buildings in the Gothic style, after restoration in the early twentieth century was called the Gothic quarter. The architecture of other styles: Baroque, Romanesque, Renaissance, and the remains of the Roman period can be organically intertwined with the Gothic.
Begins this quarter from Plaza Catalunya, located between the Rambla and Avenida de Laetana. Here preserved medieval layout: the curves of narrow streets as streams tend to the rectangular space. Most of the buildings of the historic quarter dates back to the XIV-XV.
The Central attraction of the Gothic quarter – Cathedral. Here starts the tourist route through narrow historic streets, where every building is an architectural masterpiece. The Cathedral is a functioning Church Institute available for visiting tourists. There are many historical relics in Barcelona.
Within the Gothic quarter, the most noticeable are the following structures:
Pravitelstvennye Palace (XV-XVII century), the Original bridge built in 1926-1928, the House of the canons is now the residence of the Catalan President (XIII-XV century), Chapel of Saint Lucia (XIII-XV century) the house of the Archdeacon – now here is a historical archive. (XIII-XV century), the Museum of history of Barcelona. It exhibits the remains of ancient Roman constructions, tools of the ancient period, household items. The Palace of the king, consisting of the throne hall, the chapel and tower (XIV century)
Within the quarter there are museums, souvenir shops, small shops and cafes. On squares for residents and tourists, organized celebrations and discos. The Plaza San Jaume, for example, is the center of the most important events in the life of the big city. The Plaza San Jaume deep historical roots: once in this place was the intersection of the main streets of the Roman Empire Barsine.
The time and cost of visiting
Wander through the narrow streets is extremely interesting, but only in the daytime. Here in the twilight dark and unsafe.
How to get
To get to the Gothic quarter you can travel by bus (bus stop Barri Gotic) or metro (the nearest station is Liceu or Jaume I), and then walk.