Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar, Barcelona

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Churches & Cathedrals
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
About
The Gothic Church, built in the 14th century, is located in the quarter of La Ribera.
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighbourhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
How to get there
  • Jaume I • 4 min walk
  • Barceloneta • 4 min walk
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Anthony K
London, UK12,263 contributions
14th century Temple
Oct 2021
A fine 14th century Gothic Cathedral with an amazing circular stained glass window reminiscent of Notre Dame. Built in 1324 - 1329 ... it was the Traders Church as it was shore side at the time .

It is captivating. A place of worship that really has a religious feel of the centuries. Free entrance.

Anthony Kreppel
Written 18 October 2021
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lisakeg
Allentown, PA271 contributions
Interesting church
Oct 2021
This church is very close to the Picasso museum and free to enter. It does close in the afternoon, so plan accordingly. Though large, it does feel personal since it is in a neighborhood.
Written 17 October 2021
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Beth
Fort Wayne, IN5 contributions
Just beautiful
Oct 2021
And did you know it has the largest rose window in Europe? I didn't either. Worth the stop. Beautiful Gothic Basilica.
Written 17 October 2021
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CManson
Bucharest, Romania14 contributions
Archi pleasure
Sep 2021
incredible art and architecture, the sightseeing on the top is amazing to take pictures, keep it clean.
Written 9 October 2021
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Ron T
Greenville, SC3,263 contributions
needs some TLC on the inside (roof)
Sep 2021
Visited here also back in JUL 2018. Currently there is scaffolding up inside on right side - looks like roof repairs. Got here early evening, so a bit dark inside. Frankly, it is not a "must see" basilica.
Written 20 September 2021
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Ted B
New York City, NY121 contributions
Breathtaking
Sep 2021
History come to life. I watched Cathedral of the Sea so I had to step inside. Admission was free and I didn’t take too long nor was it overly crowded. You should hit this up if you are in Barcelona.
Written 7 September 2021
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Edwin R
4 contributions
Santa Maria del Mar, Netflix
Aug 2021
Short taxi or walk to this historic site for the real basilica.. see intricate details of the construction and neighborhood, a must see
Written 14 August 2021
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journeymaid48
Fairport, NY961 contributions
Historical Cathedral from Medieval Barcelona
Jul 2021
Absolutely amazing! This is a must see for history fans. The story of the building of Santa Maria del Mar was carrying stones from the mountain to the ship on their necks and backs out of duty to God. The vastness of the Basilica and numerous side chapels as well as the ceiling and high altar is a testament to faith in the 14th century. This was a highlight of our trip in Barcelona.
Written 9 August 2021
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huskerrn
Doha, Qatar52 contributions
Disappointed
Jul 2021
I was disappointed after having been to the Barcelona Cathedral first. The church is poorly lit and has no ventilation (and it is hot outside-- so hot inside). The history placards at the rear of the basilica were all Spanish only so glad there were some pictures as the history is what is most interesting to me. Each side chapel had the name of the saint that was represented by the art, but not the year or art medium. Again, that history is interesting. The last stained glass window is super modern and I liked it but wow, it is really out of place in a gothic basilica. I started to walk around the outside to look further but all the stain glass windows are completely covered with pigeon poop -- to the extent you can't even tell they are stained glass windows. Surely the Catholic church could spend a bit of money on the upkeep of this basilica?
Written 21 July 2021
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Francesca M
5 contributions
The light are amazing
Jul 2021
I did see the tv show about the history of Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar so I went ther with a baggage and.... fulfilled expectations!!!!
Written 12 July 2021
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