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GOTHIC CATHEDRALS BARCELONA Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia Silver Coin 1$ Niue Island 2011


The "Gothic Cathedrals" series includes most famous and beautiful gothic churches. In 2010 the following coins were issued: Notre-Dame (Paris), Duomo Milano (Milan), Koelner Dom (Cologne), Westminster Abbey (London), Stephansdom (Vienna). The 2011 issues will include the following coins: cathedrals in Prague and Barcelona, and Mariacki Church in Cracow.

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Cathedral of Santa Eulalia
The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia (Catalan: Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulàlia, Spanish: Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia), also known as Barcelona Cathedral, is the Gothic cathedral and seat of the Archbishop of Barcelona, Spain. The cathedral was constructed throughout the 13th to 15th centuries, with the principal work done in the 14th century. The cloister, which encloses the Well of the Geese (Font de les Oques) was completed about 1450. The neo-Gothic façade was constructed over the nondescript exterior that was common to Catalan churches in the 19th century. The roof is notable for its gargoyles, featuring a wide range of animals, both domestic and mythical.
The cathedral was constructed over the crypt of a former Visigothic chapel, dedicated to Saint James, which was the proprietary church of the Viscounts of Barcelona, one of whom, Mir Geribert, sold the site to Bishop Guislebert in 1058. Its site faced the Roman forum of Barcelona.
It is a hall church, vaulted over five aisles, the outer two divided into chapels. The transept is truncated. The east end is a chevet of nine radiating chapels connected by an ambulatory. The high altar is raised, allowing a clear view into the crypt.

  • CountryNiue
  • Year2011
  • Face Value1 Dollar
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)28.28
  • Size (mm)30 x 50
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin reverse depicts a coloured design with a printed stained glass window, front of the cathedral, inscriptions: "Catedral de la Santa Creu i Santa Eulalia", "Barcelona" as well as hallmark Ag 925. The coin obverse depicts a coloured design with a printed stained glass window, interior of the cathedral, effigy of Elisabeth II, Inscriptions: "Niue Island", "Elisabeth II" and "1 dollar" as well as "2011".