Barcelona Churches, Santa Àgata Chapel
The Capella de Santa Àgata shares a fantastic history and is potentially the first church you should plan to visit whilst in Barcelona. It is true that the church itself, erected in the 14th century, is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture both inside and out. Yet the Santa Àgata is actually part of a much wider story with its particular location in the gothic area within the old city district.
The Capella de Santa Agata forms part of the Palau Reial Major (Royal Palace) complex and furthermore it is built on the site where the first recorded Christian communities in Barcelona resided.
The impressive square opposite this Palace was the place where Colombus was received with royal honours by the King in 1493 after his first trip to America.
Indeed, the Roman walls of Barcino, the Latin name for Barcelona, are located behind the church which acts as the centrepiece to the complex with its stunning stained glass windows and can be seen from the Ramón Berenguer el Gran square.
From the Santa Àgata chapel you can combine your sightseeing with a visit to the Cathedral of Barcelona
just a few metres away on foot.
The Santa Àgata chapel, together with the Saló del Tinell, now form part of the Museu d’Història de la Barcelona MUHBA, the city’s excellent history museum.
T. +34 932 562 100
HOW TO GET THERE:
Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 10:00 – 20:00
Closed: 1 January, 1 May, 24 June, 25 December and every Monday