Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.6/5 based on 7,500+ reviews on the web
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. Plan your visit to Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Barcelona trip itinerary builder.
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  • A must see if you love to explore churches. You can pay to go up the tower also. We just bought tickets at door and had no problem getting in. 
  • Free to visit before 1pm. This is my 3rd time going inside the church and I am still impressed each and every time. It is my favorite church to go into in Barcelona and I take all my visitors to see i...  read more »
  • The basilica of Santa María del Mar is one of the most beautiful places of worship in the city. Maintained correctly and with concerts that are carried out promptly that are for not losing is.
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  • Probably one of the most beautiful churches in Barcelona, and with an interesting and fascinating story to tell. Situated right in the beautiful area of el Born, sorrounded by cafés and small shops. Well worth a visit.
  • Muy linda catedral
  • Santa Maria del Mar is an impressive cathedral located in the Born district in Barcelona. Free entrance allows the visitor to enjoy this ancient building. Access may be limited when religious celebrations or concerts are on going. There's also the possibility to visit the roof for a fee, which features rich views of the city.
  • Beautiful cathedral that has been designed with gothic architecture in mind.
  • An amazing piece of history in the heart of the old Barcelona. This cathedral is a beauty from the inside, and it continues on the inside. Reading a bit of the history prior to arrival might be a good idea as most of the information is in Spanish and not translated into other languages. However, if you do some reading prior to your visit you will learn it took 50yrs to build (which is amazing when you see the scale of it) and Santa Maria was burried here before being moved to Cathedral De Barcelona a few hundred meters away. There is also guided tours up onto the roof of the cathedral at certain times of the day, this tour is about 40 mins long.
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