Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona

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Cited as an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic architecture, Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar was completed in just 54 years, a remarkable feat for the time. The structure is made up of three naves of the same height, which are reinforced by tall columns 13 m (43 ft) apart—a huge distance, unmatched by any other medieval building still in existence. Known for a purity and unity of style that was rare in large buildings of its time, this imposing church features stained glass windows, but very few of the other interior decorations typically found in most Gothic churches. Arrange to visit Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar and other attractions in Barcelona using our Barcelona trip planner.
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  • Because of the history of this place, this is for me the nicest church in Barcelona. it shows the determination of the human being..  more »
  • Although not as famous as the Sagrada Familia, the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar is just fantastic, one of the most beautiful views ever. Unfortunately for entering you pay (which I don't appreciate that, because this is a church), but all in all the price is affordable and the church really deserves (thing you can notice already from the entrance taking a look inside). Personally a visit inside the Council ...
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  • Beautiful place, a small Cathedral, entrance inside the free, beautiful and atmospheric! Worth a peek when walking in the Center)
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  • What a stunning basilica. Another one that's difficult to appreciate just because it's surrounded by buildings on all sides. It's very mind boggling to think that this basilica was on the coast (hence its name), as now its quite far and no longer has a view on the sea. Worth entering and appreciating its size as well as its stain glass.
  • Not as famous as some of the other churches in Barcelona, but easily the most beautiful. The graceful open space with light filtering through the stained glass is nothing less than majestic. Free to enter during weekday mornings.
  • Nice and big church. Very historical looking and the hall is also very big. There is no entry fees here. Anyone can go inside and see the church. Everybody is welcomed here.
  • Lovely visit. Purchased tickets and selected time slot about two weeks before our visit. Rooftops are definitely worth it but more strenuous than expected. My 68 year old grandmother ended up staying downstairs exploring the basilica while I went to the top. Such and amazing view and our guide was filled with knowledge and history about Barcelona.
  • Beautiful and welcoming. It was very hot and many ladies showed up with skirts above knees, shoulders uncovered and casual beach sandals. Nobody was turned away. Beautiful ceiling, pillars, stained glass windows and lots of pews. The front of the church is cordoned off. A wedding was taking place.
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