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Santa Maria del Mar (Church)

Santa Maria del Mar

The Cathedral of the sea

Santa Maria del Mar is a beautiful Gothic Basilica located in the Born district of Barcelona and has a history full of mishaps. So much so that we've included Santa Maria del Mar in our guide to the churches of Barcelona.

The district of Born was once the centre of Barcelona in terms of commerce and marine trade during the middle ages. The basilica of Santa Maria del Mar lies proudly in the heart of this district alongside old medieval mansions.

An eventful history

It was constructed in just 55 years, between 1329 and 1383, an amazing feat for the time. It was built by local parishioners from the harbour area, which would explain its austere style when compared to the later constructed Barcelona Cathedral.

In 1428, an an earthquake caused the main rosette window to detach and some rocks, causing the death of some of the parishioners. A renovation was then carried out in response which took until 1459 to complete.

Santa Maria del Mar
Santa Maria del Mar

Centuries later, in 1936, a fire caused by a group of anarchists during the civil war, but 13 years later and after some recovery, the building earned the title of a minor basilica.

A somber gothic decoration

With its three façades adorned with images of Saint Peter and Paul, the building is a demonstration of authentic gothic architecture, with octagonal towers, arches, buttresses, gargoyles, and rosettes. The interior consists of three naves of the same height and width with simple decorations.

Tower Santa Maria del Mar Barcelona
Tower Santa Maria del Mar

Useful information

  • Where: Plaza de Santa María, 1, 08003, Barcelona
  • How to get there: Metro L4, Jaume I.; Bus 17, 19, 40 and 45; Barcelona Bus Turístic, Pla de Palau
  • Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 09:00 to 13:30 and 16:30 to 20:00. Sunday and public holidays from 10:00 to 13:30 and from 16:30 to 20:00
  • Price:Free

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