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. 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 few years ago I read the novel La Catedral del Mar by Idelfonso Falcones. I fell in love with Barcelona thanks to this story and once here it was only right to visit this beautiful gothic church built by sailors Catalans in 1300. They were loading stone boulders on shoulders and Montjuïc, animated by a great faith they built this beautiful temple dedicated to the Madonna del Mare.
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  • I found this cathedral very charming, not as elaborate as some of the others but it commands an air of reverence and peacefulness, also far quieter than the other places of interest too so no queuing ...  more »
  • When you ask locals they all love Santa Maria del Mar because it's considered to be the Cathedral of the people vs Barcelona's Cathedral considered to be the Cathedral of the Nobility.  more »
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  • 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.
  • This church is an excellent example of Catalan Gothic architecture. The outside is very striking, and the inside is dark but mystical and beautiful.
  • Probably one of the most beautiful, if not the most, churches in Barcelona. If you've read the book 'La catedral del mar' its visit is even more recommended.
  • Worth the visit! It's free entry after 5pm when I was there.. go inside and be amaze by the architecture!
  • My favourite cathedral in Barcelona, it's definitely a must for a traveller. If you happen to pass by on a winter Sunday this place seem to teleport you somewhere else. Authentically peaceful.