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St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral (Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mar)

Placa Santa Maria 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain (Sant Pere - Santa Caterina i la Ribera)
34-93-3102390
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Ranked #11 of 326 attractions in Barcelona
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
Description: Built in the fourteenth century, this cathedral is one of the most important religious centers in Barcelona.
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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Beautiful cathedral, stained glass windows, murals, and more! When I was there, a person was playing the violin and another person was playing the organ, so I loved walking around the Cathedral with the music. The geese pond was neat too. There is a fountain where you can drink the water too. I didn't go up to the roof because... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Well worth the visit. Take your time and enjoy its many treasures. The simple Gothic interior is impressive.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We just happened to be walking around from the Picasso Museum when we saw this old Cathedral! It is really beautiful inside and so unlike the Gaudi Cathedral! The nave and altar was fabulous and if you happen to go see it, have lunch at nearby Morelia restaurant!

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London, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Much more than just a church, this magnificent place of worship has a history dating back to the early 14th century. Its link with the sea and Catalonia's preeminence in maritime trading is a fascinating story and takes the visitor beyond the basilica's impressive physical structure. Get up on the roof for great views and when you get back to... More

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My niece was married in this church on July 4, 2014. The groomsmen wore red/white/blue socks, and we chanted U.S.A. at the reception. The church is FABULOUSLY beautiful. Everything was perfect. The vocalist, the organist, her wedding planners, the English speaking priest - all made everything perfect. WARNING: One of the wedding party's purses was stolen in this basilica during... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

Beautiful Cathedral and I chose the guided trip to the top, having been told it was easy. It's not easy. Tight spiral stairs with no handrail made the descent the hardest part. Very dark in parts. Boiling hot on the terraces so take water. However, the view is amazing and the guide was charming.

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

5 euros to get in, but is a haven of peace and serenity. Simple but stunning architecture. Feels like a church not a museum.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

When it comes to churches Venice has quite spoiled me but I found this somewhat austere 14th Century church beautiful and quite moving. Built by the people to fill their own needs it became a sailors' church and sailors brought models of their ships to place on the altar and ask for safety. I find that great architecture brings its... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

The Cathedral is fantastic but even better is the Roof/Terrace tour... For €5 you can climb the bell tower staircases to the roof of the Basilica. An interesting view onto the square and into the church itself. Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I highly recommend visitors read "Catheral of the Sea" by Ildefonso Falcones as it gives a wonderful perspective of early BCN and the history that shaped many of the things they will see while here. This church is beautiful and is the jewel for the setting that is el Born. If possible check to see if there is a concert... More

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