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“Important gothic building that is also ethereally beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral (Iglesia de Santa Maria del Mar)

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 #10 of 333 Attractions in Barcelona
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Churches/ Cathedrals
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Owner description: Built in the fourteenth century, this cathedral is one of the most important religious centers in Barcelona.
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“Important gothic building that is also ethereally beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

This is Barcelona's most loved church, even surpassing the Sagrada Familia in the psyche of the city. It is also the finest example of Catalan gothic. This is a very different church to say French gothic, it is wide, the spans of the arches second only to Rome and it is sparse, the contents were burned years ago. As a result the pillars rise out of the gloom to then get almost lost again in the glorious heights of the ceiling. Any guide book will detail the history and notable features but this is not why you should go; it is just beautiful, one of the best in Europe.

Visited June 2013
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“A people's church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

A beautiful Gothic church built by the people for the people. Merchants, peasants, craftsmen of all trades contribute to the construction of the church. It only took them 55 years to complete. If you look carefully, you'll find many plaques dedicating to the contribution of the people. If you are into architecture, then this is a must see because this is the only church in Barcelona built in pure Catalan Gothic style.

Visited June 2013
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“beautiful church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

This church is beautiful and free to enter at certain times. The story behind this church is just as remarkable as the church itself so get a tour guide or read up on it beforehand to get the full effect of the church

Visited June 2013
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“Beautiful secluded cathedral!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

Beautiful cathedral with lovely stain glassed windows, and religious scenes around the edge!

Quiet and peaceful inside!

Visited August 2012
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“Happened to pass by”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We went into the church on our way to the Sea. The inside is beautiful but obviously does not quite compare to other churches in the area. Beautiful stained glass can be found throughout and candles are available for purchase.

Visited July 2013
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