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Santa Maria Church

Plaza Santa Maria, Alicante, Spain
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Ranked #11 of 33 attractions in Alicante
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Churches/ Cathedrals
Traveler Description: Santa María Church Santa Maria Church is located at the Plaza Santa Maria. This is the oldest church in Alicante city, built on the site of... more »
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Ballina, Ireland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Beautiful church, which is in use as a church. The all golden altar is breath taking. Huge organ on high. Very ancient. Sacred place. Worth a visit.

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Scotland
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16 reviews 16 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Let down by the proliferation of street beggars. The church is worth a visit but be prepared to dodge/ ignore the beggars who hang about outside.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Beautiful basilica worth a visit. Stop off at Mon Cafe for a coffee or snack on the steps across from square.

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Alicante, Spain
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62 reviews 62 reviews
32 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

It is an interesting building in that the architecture dates back 1,200 years. However, not being able to go inside this historic site was disappointing. Maybe they open their doors during the high season. You will have to read someone else's review to determine that. I was unable to find out how to enter for any viewing other than attending... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

The Santa Maria Church is on the side of Castillo Santa Barbara which involves a healthy walk, delightful surroundings overlooking the sea, markets and cafés with the gorgeous views. There are all sorts of things to keep you occupied and to look at. It's free and you can see some very fascinating 15th century artwork and traditional religious items. A... More

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Ayrshire, Scotland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

As my Hotel overlooked the Church, spotted a large crowd on the Saturday morning, It was a wedding in progress, and if the inside of the Church was not beautiful on its own, the bonus of seeing [part of] a traditional Spanish ceremony take place was quite special. Thought the 'no cameras' notice was just for the wedding - but... More

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Turku, Finland
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

Worth popping in. A beautiful church inside and out. The art work inside is amazing, it's a pity you weren't allowed to take photos. It's located right next to the MACA (modern art museum), so you can easily visit both of them with one walk to the old town.

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

It is a beautiful church in a beautiful spot. I would recommend taking a seat in front of the church for a break with a beautiful view.

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Midlands
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

A beautiful old church in the old town of Alicante. I was gutted you werent allowed to take photos as it was stunning.

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North Yorkshire, England
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435 helpful votes 435 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Well worth seeking out. It has baroque detailing on the doors and I am not usually a fan of baroque but the rest of the sand coloured church is very plain and it looks very beautiful. The art work inside is very nice too.

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