Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

Placa Santa Maria 1, Barcelona


The basilica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, also known as the "cathedral of La Ribera", is one of the most perfect examples of Gothic style architecture due to its harmonious proportions and the serenity of the ensemble. It is an imposing church in the Ribera district of Barcelona, Spain. The Basilica was built in 55 years, started from 1329, at the height of Aragon kingdom's maritime and mercantile preeminence. It is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that is very unusual in large medieval buildings. From the outside, Santa Maria gives an impression of massive severity that is in contrast with the interior. The interior gives an impression of light and spaciousness. It is of the basilica type, with its three aisles forming a single space with no architectural boundaries. Some interesting stained-glass windows have survived from various periods. These windows play an important role in giving this impression. Santa Maria del Mar surely has the most precious stone built columns in the world, which symbolize the power of the kingdom of that time.

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Open Hours:

  • Sun

    10:00 - 14:00, 17:00 - 20:00

  • Mon

    09:00 - 13:00, 17:00 - 20:30

  • Tue

    09:00 - 13:00, 17:00 - 20:30

  • Wed

    09:00 - 13:00, 17:00 - 20:30

  • Thu

    09:00 - 13:00, 17:00 - 20:30

  • Fri

    09:00 - 13:00, 17:00 - 20:30

  • Sat

    09:00 - 13:00, 17:00 - 20:30

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  • Giorgi Sharikadze

    - 19 May 2018 -

    Another great and peaceful place in Barcelona. Me and my wife entered inside after long and tiring walking day in Barcelona and it was perfect relax after all. The church is very nice and also very cozy. I highly recommend to visit this place.

  • Em C

    - 17 May 2018 -

    A nice Cathedral to take a break during your busy day going around "El Borne". Always be respectful, walk inside and look to the many details that you have in it. If you are lucky maybe they have some musician or chorus playing in. However, most of the time is really quiet and peaceful. So, enjoy the silence :). If this review helped you in your journey please share it and thump it up :). Thanks!

  • Mark Auchincloss

    - 01 May 2018 -

    14th Century Gothic style Church in the heart of the Old Town. Guided tour for 8€ is well worth it to get to climb to the outdoor roof terrace. Amazing views of the city of Barcelona. Plenty of intimate chapels to contemplate the immensity of the interior spaces.

  • Roger Carl

    - 26 April 2018 -

    I enjoyed the cool peaceful atmosphere. The stained glass is very bright and beautiful. Soaring columns and ceiling are inspiring. Certainly worth a short visit.

  • Stephen Madden

    - 13 April 2018 -

    Very beautiful. The high ceilings and stained glass windows give you a great authentic, religious feeling. The neighborhood right to the North, El Born, has great bars and food. It's amazing how close other buildings are built to the basilica.

  • Martin Barbaglia

    - 18 January 2018 -

    Impressive church, located in the born neighborhood. Once you get in, it really surprises the how huge it seems, which you cannot really realize when you are outside. I learned Gaudi inspired in Santa Maria to design Sagrada Familia, which was pretty astonishing. Free before 1pm and after 5.30pm, a real must if you are in Barcelona!

  • Ploy A

    - 10 January 2018 -

    One of the most beautiful gothic church. You can visit for free during the prayer time 8.00 - 13.00 and 17.00 - 20ish

  • G Duvall

    - 28 December 2017 -

    A very nice Gothic style church in the heart of Barcelona, not too far from the Cathedral of Barcelona. Very interesting art and stained glass to view, well worth a look inside. Every where there is something unique and beautiful to see.

  • Joy Casas

    - 19 December 2017 -

    Santa María del Mar is one of the most iconic buildings of Catalan gothic style in Barcelona. It's a beautiful church that you can admire from the inside and the outside. Whenever there is mass, the entrance to the temple is free. Otherwise, you must pay a small fee to enter.

  • 김현호

    - 13 December 2017 -

    I visited the cathedral for the first time in europe. I felt holy and warm. It feels especially calm compared to other cathedrals.

  • Jenna Rose Robbins

    - 21 May 2018 -

    Insanely gorgeous. I could have walked around here and the grounds for hours. Great place to cool off on hot days.

  • mohammad rajab zadeh

    - 06 March 2018 -

    perfect and beautiful

  • Shir Ha Shirim

    - 11 October 2017 -

    The most important and the most beautiful church in Barcelona...

  • Ece👑

    - 13 August 2017 -

    free entrance and beautiful church🙏🏻

  • Abdullah Bafakieh

    - 16 July 2017 -

    If you like architectural old building go there.

  • Sofia Papastamelos

    - 14 June 2017 -

    Free admission and beautiful church!

  • Jiri Vizek

    - 16 March 2017 -

    One of best monuments in bario gothico

  • Can Göymen

    - 13 March 2017 -

    Needs to be seen. If you come here befofe 13:00, its free..

  • Kate Socatiyanurak

    - 25 January 2017 -

    Beautiful and not crowded at all, near the toilets is a small chilling area with orange trees

  • Simone P.

    - 03 January 2017 -

    Wonderful church and La misa del Gallo (24 December midnight mass) it was unforgettable... :)

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