Barcelona Cathedral 2
The Barcelona Cathedral is also known as the Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulàlia. It contains the crypt of Saint Eulàlia, a young virgin of 13 years of age who suffered martyrdom under the Romans. If you wish to read more of the history, feel free to check out a short article on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathedral_of_Santa_Eul%C3%A0lia.
The first two photos show a Black Madonna and Child, a Statue or painting in which Mary is black and of African descent. The term was especially applied to those works of art created in medieval Europe or earlier. Apparently it is a fairly common way of portraying Mary, especially where there are large black populations.
One person commented that the photos don't really give an idea of the size of this church and she was right. a few photos this morning should give a vague idea of its height. The chandeliers were 30-40 feet above my head and the ceiling is three of four times that for sure. There were many windows near the top, which provided lots of light up there. But there were very few lower windows, which made the church dark and difficult to photograph even with the Nikon Coolpix P500.
The last photo shows a statue holding a book with the word REGULA which refers to the "rule of faith", a name given to the ultimate authority or standard in religious belief.