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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  • Fionn Keating Mac Dermott

    - 09 August 2018 -

    Nice building, the animals in the outdoor section of the cathedral are very nice. There are many different chambers aligning the walls dedicated to different figures in history. There is an almost underground chapel which is accessed by steps. The stained glass windows are very carefully and skilfully decorated, and look very well. The inside of the church is constructed using bare bricks, which doesn't sound particularly pleasent to the eye, but surprisingly has an extremely nice effect. The cathedral is located in the centre of the city of Barcelona, Spain's most highly industrialised city, but is located in the older Gothic quarter of the city. Unfortunately, there are many pick-pockets, so mind your belongings. It is overall a lovely and extremely impressive building and I would highly recommend it.

  • Jenna Hines

    - 25 July 2018 -

    Lovely visit. Purchased tickets and selected time slot about two weeks before our visit. Rooftops are definitely worth it but more strenuous than expected. My 68 year old grandmother ended up staying downstairs exploring the basilica while I went to the top. Such and amazing view and our guide was filled with knowledge and history about Barcelona.

  • Andrea Whiteside

    - 21 July 2018 -

    Beautiful church. The tickets are really cheap like 5 euros each and if you add 3 euros you can go to the rooftop, but if you come at 17:00 the entrance is free. There's guides at specific times with different languages. Going to the rooftop means going up loads of stairs which are spiral and you might feel claustrophobic so, keep that in mind. Overall the view upstairs is beautiful as you can see the the whole of Barcelona.

  • Maya Fleischer

    - 07 July 2018 -

    Beautiful and welcoming. It was very hot and many ladies showed up with skirts above knees, shoulders uncovered and casual beach sandals. Nobody was turned away. Beautiful ceiling, pillars, stained glass windows and lots of pews. The front of the church is cordoned off. A wedding was taking place.

  • Patrick Émond

    - 27 June 2018 -

    Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar is really beautiful. It's not always open to the public, we were lucky that on our second trip in the evening it was open and we walked inside. Really beautiful. It's in the Bourn district - where you will find local artisans and their designs for sale and great restaurants.

  • Paulo Serra

    - 25 June 2018 -

    I am speechless to describe the feeling I had inside a Monument which is 645 years old. What a Life experience I had. AWESOME

  • 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.

  • 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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