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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 331 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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Roseville, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

A really magnificent example of a late medieval architectural inspired religious temple. It is very simple with not too many master paintings and sculptures, but the color window panes and the massive columns are simply beautiful.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

In the Born area it is a great short visit. What a great cathedral which has been rebuilt after the war. Interesting with the new glass windows contrasted to the reinvented onriginal windows as almost all were fractured during the war although one broke during an earthquake. Built by dockworkers and seafarers in a short (70) year period is represents... More

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Swindon, England
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Was very busy around here. A beautiful looking cathedral but when we queued to go in, I was told in Spanish that I couldn't go in because I had knee length shorts on. My son was very upset, he couldn't understand why it mattered, he said God loves us whatever we wear doesn't he? I have to say he has... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

What a shame this beautiful church in a beautiful area is ruined by gangs of thieves,no police,no security seem to be in presence.i had my wallet stolen then i witnessed an elderly American couple robbed off their valuable items by a child,their holiday ruined. The Catalan authorities have the absolute obligation to protect the tourists that spend millions in this... More

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Our hotel was a short walk from this cathedral. We passed it a few times going for walks, lunch, dinner, breakfast, drinks....you get the picture. Anyway, on a pre-dinner stroll we decided to pop in because there seemed to be a lot going on. In the Sanctuary there was an entire orchestra setting up. I'm talking at least 75 musicians.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Some say it's free to get in but we paid. If you aren't too tired of studying Catholic churches then this is at least one of the better ones. Plenty of stained glass windows, arches, wood carvings and all the standard peripheria you might expect. it's a very beautiful setting and you can't fail to feel the age and holy... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Barcelona is an expensive city for tourist, so before I took my last day in Barcelona, I searched for articles like "Best free/cheap things to do in Barcelona". The articles returned by google were not too old (like in late 2012, 2013), and this place is rated as one of the recommended, with favorable comments. Not a big one; but... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

There is many church but this have a different structure something make different and lovely for engineers that looks how it was built. The interior are nice and so big. If you want to see weddings there you qill enjoy because it is one the busiest place for it

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I love to look in churches that are this ornate and gorgeous. The architecture is just amazing. It didn't take much time to see it, but it was worth the visit. There were several people on/near the steps begging for money.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Nice Church, But overrated in my opinion, great example of gothic architecture, I've seen more beautiful churches than this one. It also was quite neutral in comparison to some great churches.

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