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360 degree views in the gothic quarter of Barcelona

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Views of the nearby Cathedral of Barcelona

When you least expect it, Barcelona comes and gives you a new surprise. When I thought that I already remarkably dominated the city's historic neighborhoods like the Gothic, the Rivera, the Raval or the Barceloneta the other day I decided to enter a church whose facade I had seen hundreds of times but had never deigned to enter.

With an unkind name for tourist brochures, the Basilica dels Sants Màrtirs Just i Pastor It is located in the Sant Just square between Sant Jaume and the Via Laietana. It is difficult to be in such a central place and at the same time be displaced from the usual visits of the hordes of tourists who approach Barcelona.

Gothic profile, the church was built on an old Romanesque building and another Visigoth. In fact, there is evidence that the site has sheltered Christian worship since the fourth century. The interior of the church is of a sober Gothic with a magnificent Renaissance altarpiece. However, it was not the ship or the side chapels that caught my attention the most. On the left side of the entrance I observed a sign announcing “Visit to the bell tower 2 euros". I did not know that bell tower and recognizing that I was in the center of the city I was encouraged to pay two euros and climb the spiral stairs with its 174 steps and 35 meters high.

Altarpiece of the Basilica dels Sants Màrtirs Just i Pastor

Views of the port of Barcelona

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