On an extremely busy Easter weekend in Barcelona, we found this lovely church and its tiny square to be almost empty. Santa Anna is not touted like the cathedral and some other churches in the city, which likely played a part in the lack of visitors. But we thought that Santa Anna was well worth seeing, and we enjoyed having most of this church to ourselves.
As an architecture buff, I liked the simplicity of the Romanesque structure. But the cloister and roof are Gothic. The cloister actually shows the evolution of style from Catalan Gothic to Renaissance. Different styles relate to the church's beginning as a monastery for centuries and then a 3-century building project for its transformation to a church. Striking Romanesque features include windows that display scenes from the Book of Genesis. The central nave shows off Catalan Gothic style.
Santa Anna Church is quite close to Placa Catalunya. We entered the square through Santa Anna Street.
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