Visiting the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar: What You Need to Know

We’re proud to say that Barcelona really is bursting with so many spectacular sights, restaurants, and activities.  And not to mention architecture. If you’re a fan of cathedrals, churches, temples or basilicas, then you’ll be spoilt for choice during your stay in Barcelona. You might even have trouble wondering where to start!  One spot you don’t want to miss is the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar.  Thousands of years old, this extraordinary basilica is filled with wonders.  

In this article, we want to share with you everything we think you should know before you visit the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar. Enjoy!

History of the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar

Construction of the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar began in the year 1329.  It was completed in 55 years, which was a surprisingly short amount of time to build a cathedral of such size during this particular time period.  This church was funded almost solely by local residents of its surrounding neighborhood, known today as La Ribera, a community located on the shore that specialized in shipbuilding as well as constant imports and exports.

What to See at the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar

The magnificent architecture of this cathedral is enough to make your jaw drop.  The Basilica Santa Maria del Mar displays the perfect example of distinctive 14th century Catalan Gothic architecture.  In addition to its towering appearance, this beautiful masterpiece is also filled with incredible artwork.  Gaze at the numerous, colorful stained glass windows that adorn this cathedral in awe.  The intricate pieces are from several different time periods, some of which are originals that were created when the cathedral was first constructed.  You’ll also be able to observe a Gothic structure of the Virgin Mary as well as numerous paintings and priceless relics.

Visiting the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar

This attraction is open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.  You can also attend Mass here every day at 7:30 p.m.  Guided tours of this breathtaking cathedral are highly recommended.  During a guided tour, you are led up to the rooftops of the church, the rear chapels, then all the way down to its crypts.  You will also be able to learn more about its fascinating history.  

Don’t just take our word for it, visit it for yourself and let us know what you thought.

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