The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Catalan: Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Spanish: Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia) rarely gets as much attention as its more famous counterpart Sagrada Familia. However if you are into historical buildings and are visiting Barcelona then I’d highly recommend a visit to this less famous church commonly referred to as La Seu. There has been a church on the site of the Cathedral since 343 AD. The construction work on Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia started in 1298 and the last stone was laid on the central spire 615 years later in 1913. Wars and plagues made the progress of construction difficult to impossible at times. So while the interior was finished by the mid 15th century the stunning Gothic facade was only completed by the late 19th century.
One of the things that frustrates me a great deal on travel shoots is when I arrive at a location that I’m eager to photograph and I see scaffolding covering the building. This of course happens all the time because most historical buildings are in constant need of repair and general upkeep. I had just been photographing Gaudi’s masterpiece Sagarada Familia which I fully expected to be under construction. What I did not expect was that La Seu would have it’s stunning facade completely covered in hideous scaffolding. As I did my research for the Barcelona shoot, the Cathedral was high on my list of places to photograph. So I was quite disappointed not to be able to get a nice shot of the front. However when I walked into the church I was lucky to find it easy to take my photos, it was relatively quiet and there was a lot of sunlight streaming in via the spectacular stained glass windows. Both of those factors are a big bonus for me when I’m attempting to take long exposure photos.
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