As a city of immense culture and quality, the constructions in Barcelona are as breathtaking as you might expect. The city is one of the most diverse in Europe when it comes to architectural styles, making it a fantastic place to visit. Among the best locations in the city to come and visit, though is the immense Romanesque constructions in Barcelona.
Though they aren’t as numerous as they once were, many ancient Roman structures still stand within the city today. Take the stunning La Sagrada Familia, an ancient Roman Catholic church built in the image of old-school Romanesque constructions. The church has been in construction for over 130 years, but it looks to be moving into what is likely to be its final decade of construction.
Outside of the stunning church, though, what others Romanesque constructions in Barcelona are worth your time?
Sightseeing tours in Barcelona: Visiting the best Roman constructions
First off, one should look to take a trip to the breathtaking Roman Temple of Augustus. This has stood in the medieval Gothic quarter of the city, the entrance to the temple is almost as old as the city of Barcelona itself. Indeed, the Temple has stood since the first century BC, and is a relic of a bygone era. Take the time to come and visit it: we can guarantee that you won’t regret it.
While many other Roman buildings were torn down, the stunning columns of the temple were instead built around. Today, most of the old-school Romanesque constructions in Barcelona, part of the old city of Barcino, are confined into the Gothic quarter of the city.
While many of the cities most precious Romanesque buildings were ruined in the War of Succession in 1714, some of them still stand today. Many of the buildings were reformed, though, in a bid to recreate tourism within the city. For example, you could take a look at the stunning Plaza del Rei – a beautiful corner of the Gothic quarter which is teeming with medieval, Romanesque building work.
From the stunning Roman walls that were built in the late 13th Century to the various churches, like the Church of Santa Ana, a truly special building that combines the best of Romanesque design and Gothic construction. and the Basilica of Sant Justi I Pastor, there’s much to adore about life in Barcelona.
The Sant Pau del Camp
However, out of all the Romanesque constructions in Barcelona, among the most famous is that of the Sant Pau del Camp. This stunning location is a church that is based within the El Raval district in the central part of the city (so close to your apartment for rent in Las Ramblas). Indeed, it’s been documented in the history of the region as far back as 977, so it’s safe to say that this is a special part of the city.
Though it was destroyed almost entirely in 985, it was rebuilt by 1117 and became a major monastery of Sant Cugat. There’s a stunning Romanesque cloister that can be traced back to the 13th century, too.
With so much to see and do, you’d do well to look out for the above. Outside of the Sant Pau del Camp, we also recommend that you take a trip to the Sant Pere de les Puel.les: a truly special Benedictine monastery of unquestionable beauty and grandeur. Though it’s been restored after a fire ruined much of the original work, it’s these masterpieces that help to give Barcelona the diversity that makes the city so special.