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Santa Maria del Mar

The Most Beautiful Gothic Church in Barcelona

The Santa Maria del Mar is a great tip for your trip to Barcelona. The church is one of Barcelona's landmarks, which looks like a fortress with its monumental towers in the old town. Locals call the church "Church of the poor". Especially worth seeing is the interior of the Santa Maria del Mar. You can also book a guided tour and enjoy the view over old town of Barcelona from the roof.



Included Benefits

  • Approx. 55-minutes long guided tour with visiting the terraces and the towers of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar
  • Visiting (without guide) the crypt with picture lectures and gallery
  • Info sheet in English about the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar
  • Free admission for children up to 6 years (please still book a ticket)
  • Reduced price for students and seniors from 65 years with valid ID

Languages

  • Guided tours are available in English and Spanish

This is why Santa Maria del Mar is worth visiting

The construction is unique and was groundbreaking for the time. The church was built within 55 years only by Berenguer de Montagut in the 14th century and was consecrated in 1384. Due to the short construction period the Santa Maria del Mar has a very uniform-looking architecture. There's no mixture of architectural styles due to long construction times.

During the guided tour in English, you will learn about the construction and the history of Santa Maria del Mar. The guide will take you to the towers and terraces with a fantastic view of Barcelona. A fun and educational tour awaits you through the for the locals most popular church of Barcelona.

The Construction of Santa Maria del Mar

The construction site of Santa Maria del Mar has been of particular importance since the early Christian era. Here the apostle James is said to have preached. Therefore, a small chapel was built here. In 304, the body of St. Eulalia was buried there. The bones were hidden in the 8th century before the Moors and only 15 years later found again. In 1339 these were then transferred to the cathedral.

Guided Tour through Santa Maria del Mar (Video in Catalan, tour in English)

The beginning of the construction of today's Gothic church Santa Maria del Mar was in 1329 with the laying of the foundation stone. The church was the only Gothic church that was actually completed within one era. In 1714, during the Spanish War of Succession, the church was partially destroyed. The damage was repaired only provisionally. During the Spanish Civil War in 1936, these parts burned down in a fire. Due to the fire, the interior was largely destroyed as well. Also, a large part of the church windows had to be reconstructed. In 1990, the renovation and restoration work was completed.

The Interior of Santa Maria del Mar

Enter the church through the portal. A narrow nave, which emphasizes the height and length of the basilica opens up to you. The stained-glass windows flood the room with subdued colored light.
Due to the special construction of the nave the Santa Maria del Mar only has four narrow, octagonal pairs of columns to support the loads of 13 metres wide vault.
Around the church small chapels are located that form a kind of cloister. The apse is surrounded by a delicate pillar wreath, which merges into a multi-unit vault and thus forms the conclusion upwards.

The Exterior of the Church

High pillars divide the facade into three sections that correspond to the ships. The narrow octagonal, 33 metres high towers have a straight end on the top.
Turning left around the church, you get to a small square at Carrer Santa Maria, where a granite slab commemorates the Spanish invasion of 1714.


Book Tickets for the Guided Tour through Santa Maria del Mar

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14:00 - Guided Tour ENGLISH Santa Maria del Mar (adults and people from 8 years) 10.00€
14:00 - Guided Tour ENGLISH Santa Maria del Mar (students and seniors 65+) 8.00€
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15:00 - Guided Tour ENGLISH Santa Maria del Mar (adults and people from 8 years) 10.00€
15:00 - Guided Tour ENGLISH Santa Maria del Mar (students and seniors 65+) 8.00€
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12:00 - Guided Tour SPANISH Santa Maria del Mar (adults and people from 8 years) 10.00€
12:00 - Guided Tour SPANISH Santa Maria del Mar (students and seniors 65+) 8.00€
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16:00 - Guided Tour SPANISH Santa Maria del Mar (adults and people from 8 years) 10.00€
16:00 - Guided Tour SPANISH Santa Maria del Mar (students and seniors 65+) 8.00€
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13:15 - Guided Tour ENGLISH + SPANISH Santa Maria del Mar (adults and people from 8 years) 10.00€
13:15 - Guided Tour ENGLISH + SPANISH Santa Maria del Mar (students and seniors 65+) 8.00€
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17:15 - Guided Tour ENGLISH + SPANISH Santa Maria del Mar (adults and people from 8 years) 10.00€
17:15 - Guided Tour ENGLISH + SPANISH Santa Maria del Mar (students and seniors 65+) 8.00€


Important information

Address
Pl. Santa Maria del Mar

Arrival
Metro: Jaume I. (L4)
Bus Turístic: Pla de Palau

Opening times
Monday to Saturday: 9:00-13:00 Uhr and 17:00-20:30
Sun- and Holidays 10.00-14.00 and 17.00-20.30

Guided visits in English: daily at 14:00, 15:00 and 17:15

Other Languages: Possible as private tour.

Notes for visiting the Santa Maria del Mar

The guided tour in English lasts about 55 minutes and includes a visit to the towers, the crypt and the roof. Without guide, the roof can not be visited.



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