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
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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
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The Gothic Church, built in the 14th century, is located in the quarter of La Ribera.
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The area
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Neighborhood: 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 neighborhood 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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Kelleygirl2
Sarasota, FL6,483 contributions
Nov 2019
We crossed La Rambla and walked to the Catalan Gothic Santa Maria Del Mar or Cathedral of the Sea, located steps away from the apartment we were to occupy the next morning. This enormous stone church dates back to around 1329 and was considered the church of the poor fisherman (bastaixos) who hand carried large stones used for its construction. This church was truly built by the people and completed in just 55 years, amazing since most churches of this size and time took more than 100 years to complete. There are reliefs honoring the hard working, devout bastaixos on the main doors to the church. Their story of devotion and hardship is told in the novel Cathedral of the Sea, which is also a movie on Netflix. Although once considered a humble church for the poor, it is now considered a church of the elite. It is free after 5 pm.
Written October 16, 2020
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journeymaid48
Fairport, NY966 contributions
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 August 9, 2021
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Michał D
Reda, Poland37 contributions
May 2022
Inside of this catedral is not so reach as Familia Sagrada but it was build by poor families of Barcelona may centuries ago. If you are not afraid you should climb one of the tower of this church from which you will have great view over the whole city of Barcelona. Michał Dmochowski
Written May 8, 2022
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JJJC_Family
Virginia504 contributions
Nov 2021
A somewhat spare, but still reasonably grand church. Getting there at night was a mistake, as it was pretty dark inside and made it harder to distinguish features that might be of interest when they could be better seen. Plus we were very tired when we got there and unless it was going to be really special, we had little desire to extend our stay. So we took a quick look and we were gone. I know the first time we went, during daylight, we liked it better. Although, even then it was not spectacular. If you are close by and you have the time, sure, go see it. If not, you won’t be regretting it for the rest of your life.
Written January 2, 2022
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Purnima Jain
Bengaluru, India1,247 contributions
Oct 2019
It's free to enter the church. The outside of the Basilica is misleading as inside one discovers a marvel of gothic architecture , with high ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows.
Located in the Jewish Quarter area, it's free to enter the church. To do the Towers + rooftop visit you need guided tours which start at 2 PM.
The outside of the Basilica is misleading as inside one discovers a marvel of gothic architecture, with high ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows. The ceilings tower above you once inside and the stained-glass windows are incredible.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:30pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
Metro Underground: L3 Jaume I or L4 Barceloneta.
A gothic church and not as lavish as Barcelona Cathedral but still worth doing if you have time, but will not prioritize it over Barcelona Cathedral which is simply splendid.
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Written January 2, 2020
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Nicole C
Toms River, NJ52 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
This was very close to our hotel in the gothic quarter and we enjoyed walking up every morning and seeing the sun come up over the Cathedral. Really nice area and plaza. At night there is a lot of bands and dancers that perform in the square.
Written March 2, 2020
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Jill E
Oldham, UK333 contributions
Mar 2019 • Family
Skip the line booking was an excellent service we gained access to the building quite quickly and we were not disappointed what an absolute magnificent building in the centre of Barcelona. The exterior was impressive and the interior was so beautiful. A small gift shop inside closes at 6pm.
Written February 22, 2020
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MadDogTV
London, UK78 contributions
Nov 2021
Santa Maria del Mar is a beautiful old church in the heart of el Born. It has the appearance of a cathedral, in size and majesty, but it's a humble church, paid for originally by ordinary people. The interior is fairly simple and austere in comparison to the nearby cathedral, but some of the decor was destroyed in rioting and a fire during the civil war. This is a very good example of Gothic architecture. I particularly like the stained glass windows and skull and crossbones tombs (I assume) set into the floor. It's a very good place to sit quietly and contemplate life.
Written November 23, 2021
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Ron T
Greenville, SC3,430 contributions
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 September 20, 2021
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Sam Skariah
Allentown, PA10 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
This is located in the very nice el born neighborhood. Awesome alleyways to walk past and a lot of shopping around this site. The basilica itself is an amazing masterpiece. Beautiful gothic architecture with beautiful stained windows and high ceilings. It’s free to enter and defintely worth a visit as you walk through the gothic quarter and el born parts of Barcelona.
Written April 20, 2022
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