Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • We entered this church while wandering through the narrow, winding Midieval streets in the old Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Suddenly we entered a wide square overshadowed by an ancient church with tal...  more »
  • One of the original gothic cathedrals still surviving in Barcelona after the destruction of the civil war. Don't miss the visit to the tower  more »
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  • 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
  • Great example if gothic architecture. Nicer than the cathedral in my opinion. Also no strict dress code as at the cathedral. Free to visit.
  • Breathtaking cathedral with a warm, welcoming feeling. The architecture and stained glass are remarkable. For 1€ you can purchase a candle to light. Even if you only have 5 minutes to stop in, you'll be impressed.
  • Huge Church commonly known as the "Saint Mary of the Sea Cathedral". It's a masterpiece of the Catalan Gothic. There's a multilingual mass on Sundays with free entrance.
  • Beautiful Cathedral. Was not originally on our to do list but we walked around the area where the Arc de Triomf was and ended up there. I believe it was about a mile away.

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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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