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Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi, Barcelona

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Santa Maria del Pi is a 14th-century Gothic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It is situated on the Plaça del Pi, in the Barri Gòtic district of the city.HistoryThere are unsubstantiated claims that there was an early Christian church on the site in 413. However it is known that in 987 there existed a church outside the city walls and to the west of Barcelona. This was a small Romanesque church dedicated to the Blessed Lady of the Pine Tree (one of the titles of the Virgin Mary). The church was built between 1319 and 1391. The style of the church was Catalan Gothic, with a single nave almost devoid of ornamentation. However, in 1936 the church was gutted by a fire deliberately set by anarchists, who wanted to destroy the building. The church was restored following the end of the Civil War.FacadesThe front façade has a large rose window, which is a faithful 1940 reproduction of the original window, which was destroyed in the fire of 1936. Below is the Gothic arch of the main entrance.The tympanum of the main entrance is divided by two small columns into three arched areas. In the central area is a statue of the Virgin and Child, and above this are placed the arms of the city and of the parish.The side façade has prominent buttresses that support the weight of the arches and vault of the nave. Between each pair of buttresses is a lancet window. In the centre of this façade is the Door of Avemaria.
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TripAdvisor
  • his rose, its nave, yes it is nice but not memorable. However to do on a journey because the neighborhood is nice...
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  • Randomly purchased a ticket to a guitar show here one evening. I was referred by an employee at the opera house, when I realized there were no operas showing while I was in Barcelona, and I asked for ...  more »
  • I came here accidentally because I thought this was the Santa Maria by the sea cathedral. This is a smaller cathedral. It costs 4€ to visit and the people working the front entrance are a bit rude tow...  more »
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  • One of our favorite places to go have lunch...the outside is incredible, there's decent patio cafes all around, and there's usually music, dancing or markets around it on the weekends. You can't beat the area around the Basilica for city ambience.
  • Beautiful Cathedral with a reasonable entrance fee. The stained glass windows are lovely and I really liked the room to the side that give you a good understanding of the history of the building. The garden was also nice with a couple of friendly cats who came to say hello when I came in.
  • Beautiful gothic church with a phantastic rose window.
  • If you are fascinated by Gothic architecture then do not miss this church.
  • Old gothic basilica where at night you can enjoy some great Spanish guitar performance!