Santa Maria del Mar

Price guide: Free

Plaça de Santa Maria, Barcelona, 08003

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Santa Maria del Mar
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Expert overall rating:4.7 out of 5
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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Escaping the crowds

Expert review of Santa Maria del Mar

Catalan Gothic architecture at its most elegant and imposing.

Known as the ‘People’s Cathedral’, Santa Maria del Mar was built and paid for in the 14th century by the citizens and trades guilds of Barcelona. It’s a stunning building, with impossibly high columns reaching up to a vaulted ceiling. Most crucially, its interior is relatively sparse, with none of the usual trappings and ornamentation beloved of the Catholic Church – all of this was burnt to cinders by anarchists in 1936, leaving only the clean lines of the building itself.

Expert tips: 
The occasional concerts held here, such as the Requiem at Easter and the Messiah at Christmas, are especially atmospheric.

More information on Santa Maria del Mar:

Price guide:
Religious site
Plaça de Santa Maria, Barcelona, 08003
93 310 23 90
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Sat 9am-1.30pm, 4.30-8pm, Sun 10am-1.30pm, 4.30-8pm.

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