Barcelona Cathedral is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona Spain. The cathedral was constructed throughout the 13th to 15th centuries, with the principal work done in the 14th century. The neo-Gothic façade was constructed over the nondescript exterior that was common to Catalan churches in the 19th century. The roof is notable for its gargoyles, featuring a wide range of animals, both domestic and mythical. The cathedral is dedicated to Eulalia of Barcelona, co-patron saint of Barcelona, a young virgin who, according to Catholic tradition, suffered martyrdom during Roman times in the city. The Christening Font was sculpted by Julia Onofre of marble in 1433.
The Palau de la Música Catalana is a concert hall in Barcelona. Designed in the Catalan modernista style by the architect Lluis Domenech I Montaner, it was built between 1905 and 1908 for the Orfeo Catala, a choral society founded in 1891 that was a leading force in the Catalan cultural movement that came to be known as the Renaixenca (Catalan Rebirth). It was inaugurated February 9, 1908. The design of the Palau is typical of Catalan modernism in that curves predominate over straight lines, dynamic shapes are preferred over static forms, and rich decoration that emphasizes floral and other organic motifs is used extensively. In contrast to many other buildings built in the modernisme style, however, it must also be said that the design of the Palau is eminently rational. It pays strict attention to function and makes full use of the most up-to-date materials and technologies available at the beginning of the 20th century. The concert hall of the Palau, which seats about 2,200 people, is the only auditorium in Europe that is illuminated during daylight hours entirely by natural light. The walls on two sides consist primarily of stained-glass panes set in magnificent arches, and overhead is an enormous skylight of stained glass designed by Antoni Rigalt whose centerpiece is an inverted dome in shades of gold surrounded by blue that suggests the sun and the sky. It is said that the acoustics in the last row of the balcony are as good as those in the front rows.
We know why the Ciudad Condal restaurant was so busy all the time. The food was excellent and inexpensive. We had a very good tapas lunch and then walked back to the hotel, got our bags and took a cab to the ship. We had been warned about pickpockets and cab drivers by everyone so we were careful but we never felt threatened by anyone in Barcelona.
The ship sailed at 5 PM so it was almost dark and it was raining. We still had a good crowd of Cruise Critic people on deck 15 for the sail away.