The Gothic quarter

On tour bus red route – stop Barri Gotic

In the heart of Barcelona lies one of the oldest quarters of the city – its heart, its history, its past and present. Her life. It is a famous Gothic quarter. Here at every step you expect amazing surprises – be they the remnants of ancient Roman walls, the original sign, an elegant bridge or amazing bars. Quarter, which will certainly need to walk.

To describe the Gothic quarter is a thankless job: all that extraordinary energy of time, a delightfully harmonious blend of architectural styles, a maze of streets and alleyways is very difficult to convey with all their brightness and beauty. All this, of course, better to see once. However, let’s try.

If you go down the Rambla from the city to the sea, to the left of it will be the same of the Barri Gotic, the Gothic quarter. Perhaps, in the world today, you can find quite a few cities which will offer you not just the individual tourist attractions as a whole complex of monuments of architecture that have shaped this quarter.


The history of the Gothic quarter began a very long time: many of the buildings erected on ancient Roman buildings. However, today, with that old time (approximately I century BC) more or less survived only part of the fortress wall and some fragments. The basis of the quarter today are structures built approximately in the XII –XV centuries, in the heyday of Catalonia, Barcelona is becoming perhaps the most beautiful and largest city in the world. Until the XIX century in the Barri Gotic was carried out various transformation and conversion (by the way, main attractions, fortunately, was not touched). Finally, in the late XIX-early XX century architectural fervor was transferred to new-fangled and prestigious district of Eixample. Since then and until this day in the Gothic quarter, nothing was under construction – only periodically restored.

However, oblivion construction soon gave way to attention of a different kind: the old town back to life which began the tourist boom. However, before finally leaving alone the Gothic quarter, in his portrait was finished one final, but perhaps the most luxurious building of the bar – it was the Church that stood here for more than a century, however, standing without… of the facade. In 1888 the authorities finally decide to finish its construction, and in 1913, the Cathedral takes on its spectacular West facade.

Tourist routes

However, let’s still in order. Its origin to the Gothic quarter takes from the Plaza Nova in medieval Barcelona, it was the main market square. Once it was possible to reach the ancient Roman settlement “Barsine”, where they sold slaves, today from that period are preserved only two Roman towers – they are considered the entrance to the Barri Gotic. If you go along the square to the right, you can see the facade of the Episcopal Palace, one of the oldest landmarks of the quarter. To the left of the square is an ancient house, once owned by Louis archdeacon of Deeply – Casa De L Ardiaca. Approximate first date of its construction is called the XI century, however, after that the house was rebuilt several times. Nowadays it houses the Historical archives of Barcelona and the Institute of history of the city.

Going a little further, you will see the same Cathedral, which was mentioned above. By the way, visiting this gem of the Gothic quarter, don’t forget to go in its inner courtyard – here, among palm trees and magnolias, you can always see thirteen white geese who live in one of the chapels. White geese symbolizes purity and innocence patron Saint of Barcelona, Saint Eulalia. She was killed by the pagans while she was herding geese, the girl was 13 – hence the number of the birds living here.

Then you can go to the Plaza San Jaume, the official centre of the city. This area, located in the heart of the Gothic quarter, has long been the center of political life of Barcelona. Here are now the main administrative buildings of Catalonia and its capital is the Municipality of Barcelona and the building of the government of the Autonomous Community (Palau de La Generalitat).

To enumerate all the interesting and beautiful places of the Barri Gotic is simply impossible. You can go to the Museum of Frederic Mares Museum and history, and a visit to the famous in artistic circles art cabaret “Four cats” – have been here at the time, Ramon Casas, Pablo Picasso, satiago rusiñol, Julio gonzález, Pablo Gargallo and other painters and sculptors. And yet we must not forget to sit by the fountain on one of the squares, look at souvenir shops and flea market, listen to street musicians, watch artists work…

Getting into the Gothic quarter, you can safely fold card – just go, watch, enjoy. And – enjoy.


The Gothic quarter is famous for its narrow streets, which are quite difficult to understand tourists coming to Barcelona for the first time. If you are interested in history, we recommend you take advantage of the inexpensive tour of the Gothic quarter. during which you will learn about podisma city and other secrets of the Gothic quarter.

How to get

It is most convenient to the Gothic quarter to get on the subway – you can select line 4 (station Jaume I) and line 3 (you can get off at the station Drassanes or Liceu). If you get on a city bus, then you should choose routes 14, 17, 19, 40, 45 and 59 or on the tourist bus red route (bus stop Barri Gotic).

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