Over the construction period, numerous architects worked on the site, as is evidenced by the differing styles at different heights of the west front and towers.

Between 12, the fourth architect oversaw the construction of the level with the rose window and the great halls beneath the towers.

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Below is a location map and aerial view of Barcelona Cathedral (La Seu).

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The elevated site occupied by the cathedral has always been the spiritual center of Barcelona.

First there was a Roman temple here, then a mosque, and then a church.

Construction on the present cathedral began in 1298 under King Jaume II and was completed in 1448. Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia may be Barcelona's most famous landmark (and rightly so), but La Seu still holds it own as one of the most impressive cathedrals in Spain.

A blending of medieval and Renaissance styles, Barcelona's cathedral features large bell towers covered in Gothic pinnacles, high Gothic arches, a handsomely sculptured choir and many side chapels with rich altarpieces. Especially notable is the Cappella de Sant Benet behind the altar, with a magnificent 15th-century interpretation of the crucifixion by Bernat Matorell.

Underneath the well-worn slabs of its stone floor are th tombs of key members of the Barri Gòtic's ancient guilds.

Unusually, the cloister is home to a gaggle of white geese whose ancestors have lived here for five centuries.

In 1905, the law of separation of Church and State was passed; as all cathedrals, Notre-Dame remains state property, but its use is granted to the Roman Catholic Church.

The Mass took place in the cathedral to celebrate the liberation of Paris in August 26, 1944.

In 1793, the cathedral fell victim to the French Revolution.