Santa Maria del Mar
Plaça de Santa Maria, Barcelona, 08003
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- Culture vultures, Escaping the crowds
Expert review of Santa Maria del Mar
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.
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.