Temple of Augustus

MUHBA Temple d’August

The Temple of Augustus located in the very heart of the Gothic Quarter, is at the same time one of its numerous secrets, as even to find it you will have to make an effort. Behind Barcelona Cathedral there is a narrow street called Carrer del Paradis. As you come closer to unremarkable massive doors overlooking the street you won't see any temple. Only passing a dart medieval courtyard and going down a few steps you will find yourself in a vaulted lightened space where four 9 meter high pillars squeezed between some old buildings will come before your eyes. These, as well as the foundation and a part of the transept is what miraculously survived from the ancient Temple of Augustus.

Originally the temple, which was 37 meters long and 17 meters wide, was surrounded by pillars; six of them were at the entrance. It was situated in the northern part of the Roman forum, which is now Plaça de Sant Jaume. The temple was dedicated to the Roman Emperor Augustus, with its location symbolically chosen at the top the of Taber hill – the hill where a Roman colony named Barcino (modern day Barcelona) was founded. The great value of these columns is that they now stand on the very same place they were initially located in the 1st century BC. It is better to come here before the afternoon to sit on a stone bench before the massive columns, contemporaries of the city that saw 2,000 years of Barcelona's past.

Address: Carrer del Paradís, 10
Opening hours: Mon 10 am – 2 pm, Tue-Sat 10 am – 7 pm, Sun 10 am – 8 pm; closed: January 1, May 1, June 24, December 25; free entry
How to reach: metro Catalunya, Liceu
Coordinates: 41.383425, 2.177215