Cathedral of Barcelona


Spain's yearly Stamp Exhibition "EXFILNA" is celebrated every year by issuing a stamp or souvenir sheet to popularise the hobby of philately. In 1998, on the eve of EXFILNA-98, Spain released a souvenir-sheet devoted to the Cathedral of Barcelona, coinciding with the 700th anniversary of its building. In 1298, the construction of the present Basilica began.

It was built in the new Gothic style introduced into Barcelona by Franciscan and Dominican monks. Most of the work was carried out in the 14th century, although its most impressive elements, the facade and the dome, were not finished till the 19th century.