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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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  • The basilica is very dark and dreary. Interesting to see but not to spend much time in. There are many better ones to visit.  more »
  • This lady made her guitar sing. We got tickets earlier in the day on the front steps of Basilica Maria del Pi. We hadn't intended to attend a recital here but so glad we did. More than one hour of mag...  more »
  • I saw this on the first evening I arrived in Barcelona. It felt magic, simply amazing. And every day wherever we went to or came to we found our way back to this place. Its doors were open after a lon...  more »
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  • Nice area to hangout in. Able to go up the tower and see around. There is a market outside of it in the square.
  • 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.
  • The interpretation of gothic architecture here in Barcelona is called Catalan Gothic and this church is a great example of that style. Look up towards the rose window, it’s one of the world’s largest. One thing I quickly discover about Barcelona is that there’s another world of folklore and legends surrounding the old city. The stories dates back to the Romans, who legend tells planted a pine tree here to mark their conquest. Other tales talk about giants, figures that can be seen inside the church. There’s another story about how a figure of the Virgin Mary is found inside the trunk of a pine tree, hence the name Santa Maria del Pi, the Virgin Mary inside the Pine. To this day, there’s still a pine tree right outside the church in the square.
  • Beautiful gothic church with a phantastic rose window.