At the end of a narrow pathway of stores we found a plaza and a huge church, covered with Gothic windows. This is the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and St Eulalia. This picture does not do justice to its size. It was HUGE! We had a hard time getting my scooter in, finally entered at a door in the back and...
...WOW! I am sure this is real gold gilding!
It was incredibly ornate!
There were about fifty little chapels around the exterior of the nave. They were created in a variety of styles over the 13th and 14th century.
And here we have...St. Joan of Arc. My eyes were blinded by this time and I appreciated the simplicity.
These two tapestries and crypts were suspended way above our heads on a wall at the side.
A small door led to a beautiful courtyard which contained...
...thirteen geese! There is a legend that the thirteen geese will guard the Cathedral. Thirteen is also the age of St. Eulalia when she was martyred.
Re-entering the church, there was a (relatively) smaller area where there were simpler chapels. I especially liked this one of the statue of the Virgin Mary against a mosaics of angels.
I also loved the Black Madonna and Baby Jesus.
I never tire of the churches in Europe. Whether they are enormous, ornate edifices or simple country
buildings, my heart is always touched. Through beautiful art, mankind has always sought to make a connection with the Sacred.