Basilica of Saints Justus and Pastor

Basílica dels Sants Màrtirs Just i Pastor

A bit aside from Plaça Sant Jaume there is a probably not the most frequented temple of the Gothic Quarter, called the Basilica of Saints Justus and Pastor. It deserves attention first of all because of its age, and then because of the Medieval Barcelona atmosphere you can experience when entering it. The church was built in the middle of the 14th century, however it is believed that in its foundation lays the most ancient temple of the city started as early as 801 AD. There are practically no traces of Romanesque details in the church's architecture, although the beautiful classic Catalan Gothic is present in its splendor. The sole nave is surrounded by both side with chapels decorated with sculptures and altar icons, some of which date back to the 16th century (Sant Felio chapel).

Generally speaking, the temple is rather simple – stone walls, old organ, a neoclassical main altar with columns that appeared in the 19th century. That was the time when the façade was renovated and redesigned to a neo-Gothic one. The medieval colorful stained glass windows and wrought iron chandeliers hanging from the ceiling serve as decorations and at the same time as sources of light. At a small square next to the church you can see the most ancient Gothic fountain of Barcelona. This square and the temple were the scene where Tom Tykwer shot his Perfume: The Story of a Murderer movie.

Address: Plaça Sant Just i Pastor, 1
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11 am – 2 pm, 5 pm – 9 pm, Sun 10 am – 1 pm
How to reach: metro Jaume I
Coordinates: 41.38283, 2.178232