Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona

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Cited as an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic architecture, Basilica of 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. Keep an eye out for special music performances regularly held inside this airy cathedral. Arrange to visit Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar and other attractions in Barcelona using our Barcelona trip planner.
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  • August 20, 2017
    One of my first visits in BCN. I like and recommend it. An atmosphere of intimacy that invites to prayer. I found a similarity in the columns of the Sagrada Familia
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  • August 20, 2017
    A very beautiful church in the neighbouring district of the Barri Gotic. A place of rest, without bells and whistles. No entrance fee is required.
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  • August 19, 2017
    We visited this basilica and the immediate eye catching stain glass is the attraction. So much detail. The entry is free of charge and you can light a candle. The main circular stain glass is at the m...  more »
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  • August 31, 2017
    The tour was excellent, and you are able to visit many levels of this Catalan gothic style church. Interesting to learn about the history. Brilliant rooftop views of the city (although prepare to climb stairs). Our tour guide Pol was excellent!
  • July 9, 2017
    This beautiful church is here to remind you of the hundreds of years of history in this town. You will be humbled by the size and age of this monument. Paying for the tour that takes you on the roof is worth it. Great views of city from up there.
  • June 22, 2017
    A pretty church in the El Born area. It is nicer than the cathedral in my opinion. Look out for the beautifully painted glass windows
  • September 30, 2017
    Santa Maria del Mar is an imposing church in the Ribera district of Barcelona, Spain, built between 1329 and 1383 at the height of Aragon kingdom's maritime and mercantile preeminence
  • June 21, 2017
    Great example if gothic architecture. Nicer than the cathedral in my opinion. Also no strict dress code as at the cathedral. Free to visit.

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Because the city's metro system makes traveling from area to area relatively painless, you have more flexibility in choosing a place to stay. Barceloneta, the neighborhood surrounding the city beach is somewhat removed from the city center, making its hotels popular with families. Only a 15-minute walk from the center, Barceloneta has a more laid-back beach atmosphere but still offers several restaurants and entertainment options. Farther away from the beach and closer to the city center, El Born is a charming neighborhood well-known for its restaurants and lively bar scene. Eixample is also popular as it is more central and home to some of the city's best shopping and tourist sites, including La Sagrada Familia. For a more traditional experience, consider staying in the Gothic Quarter, the heart of Old Barcelona. This picturesque neighborhood boasts a tight network of historical architecture with boutique hotels and traditional restaurants.
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