Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar
4.5
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10:00 - 20:30
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10:00 - 20:30
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10:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
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10:00 - 20:30
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10:00 - 20:30
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10:00 - 20:30
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A jewel of the La Ribera neighborhood, this is Barcelona's last remaining Catalan Gothic-style church, with majestic naves and beautiful stained glass windows.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: El Born / La Ribera
The labyrinth that is El Born becomes most apparent the moment you turn down one of its side streets. But this is one of the few labyrinths you might actually enjoy losing your way in. After all, there are few places that live and breathe such exciting energy regardless of the time of day. This neighbourhood seamlessly transcends the old and new parts of the city, reflected in its vast array of restaurants ranging from fancy Michelin-star establishments to trendy fusion restaurants. Here you'll find historical and cultural attractions such as the popular Picasso Museum and the Gothic cathedral La Santa Maria del Mar, where you just might be able to catch a traditional Catalan wedding.
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  • Jaume I • 4 min walk
  • Barceloneta • 5 min walk
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  • digitalroc
    Calgary, Canada2,067 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Catalan Gothic Style Architecture
    Had an opportunity to go in for a few minutes as we were on our group orientation of Barcelona. It is the only surviving church built in Catalan gothic style architecture in all of Barcelona. In the Middle Ages, on average, it would normally take more than a century to build a church like this, however, this church was built in 55 years. There are two beautiful stained-glass features in the church that are a must to see. We arrived here at 6PM, during one of the two free admission timeframes of the church.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 July 2023
  • ANGELO V
    Milan, Italy4,420 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Santa Maria del Mar
    This church was built between 1329 and 1383, and it is an outstanding example of pure Catalan Gothic. I bought the full entrance, that gives access to the church, the crypt, the balconies and the roof, and the upper gallery. All parts were very beautiful, except the crypt, which is totally naked. From the balconies and roof there is a spectacular view over Barcelona (158 steps, no lift).
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 December 2023
  • TheLeongOhana
    United States7,517 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Accessible Church
    There were two admission options to see the church. The basic entry ticket was just to see the inside of the church and the crypt while the other option allowed a visitor to climb up to the rooftop. The inside of the church was a bit on the dark side even with the beautiful stained glass windows up high. It was quite impressive with the towering ceiling above. I liked the fact that most of the small side altars could be seen up close without any gates blocking access like at the Barcelona Cathedral. I recommend skipping the crypt since it was empty save for some tables and chairs. A couple of doors led to other parts of the church that seemed to be storage or an office. A small gift shop was near the admission entrance but not manned. There was minimal signage inside except for one area where a comprehensive description of the church construction was posted. We could understand many of the key descriptions without needing a translator app. We spent around 20 minutes inside for our 5 Euro admission. If you skip going inside then the outside of the church would still be good to walk around. The setting sun seemed to turn the upper portions a golden color. We also saw the Fossar de Les Moreres where the eternal flame constantly burned in memory of those Catalans who fought and died in the Spanish War of 1714.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 January 2024
  • vichy
    553 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely my favorite cathedral in Barcelona
    This cathedral is slightly out of the way compared to the other major tourist sites, but it's so so so so worth it. Hands down, this was actually my favorite one in the city (caveat that this is if you're a fan of gothic architecture). There is a grandeur and a peacefulness that comes through with this cathedral that's incomparable to all the other ones I visited in Barcelona. Also, I loved that there is more freedom with climbing up to the terraces than I've experienced at other cathedrals - you're given instructions on where the stairs are located, but you can go at your own time and your own pace. And in my case, I actually went up more than once, the experience and view from the top was so memorable. There's a wonderful viewing platform that's been set up at the top, with views of the sea.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 January 2024
  • Sophie
    Coventry, United Kingdom389 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    Nice church. Paid €10 each for entrance and to go to the roof, though no-one checked our ticket to go up. Separate stairs for way up and down, does require some fitness, there is a stopping point about 3/4 quarters of the way up. Stunning views of Barcelona.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 April 2024
  • Vanessa J
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful cathedral
    I booked the tour through GetYourGuide for 10 euros. The young guide was very knowledgeable. Would not recommend for people with limited mobility - there are lots of stairs. The cathedral is beautiful and well worth a visit. Also, read Ildefonso Falcones' book "La Cathedral del Mar" for some background info.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 3 May 2024
  • Steve_of_N21
    London, United Kingdom3,056 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good, but not stunning Catholic church
    After Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia and the city’s towering Gothic Cathedral, this is probably Barcelona’s third most iconic church. It is tucked away in the historic district of El Born, just a few steps from Via Leietana, which separates the Gothic Quarter from El Born. Allegedly it is the only pure example remaining of the Catalan Gothic style but I will have to take the guide books word for that. What I can say is that Santa Maria del Mar (St. Mary’s of the Sea) is an imposingly place of worship. Internally there is a very impressive rose window framed by twin octagonal towers and be sure to look out for the FC Barçalona coat of arms secreted amongst the stain glass decorations. There is a fee to get inside and it is 5 Euros for the basic entry ticket to see the inside of the church and the crypt and the other includes the climb up to the rooftop. We paid for the basic and it was just about worth it.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 June 2024
  • dese2
    Auburn, New York3,257 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting interior and history
    The first day we went to this church it was closed. Since it was close to our hotel we went the next day. I am so glad we got to see the interior. While the exterior is somewhat plain, to my eye, the interior is exquisite with many works of art, stained glass windows and statues. We did not do a rooftop or crypt visit. There are many chapels along the sides with some signage. Take time to explore and learn about the history of this space and really its history in the city. The Basilica web page gives some details you will want to see during your visit. The two most fascinating features for me were the statue and chapel of St. Ignatius Loyola who actually worshiped at this very church and sat in the area where the statue is now. Secondly, the Olympic stained-glass window. It is beautiful. On the outside of the church is also a monument to Barcelona citizens who died in the siege in the 1700's; Fossar de les Moreres, Barcelona. I suggest you take time to appreciate this monument to Barcelona's history.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 June 2024
  • Raintree_Thailand
    Bangkok, Thailand4,206 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Soaring roof reaching for the heavens!
    Magnificent church, built in the 14th century. It is relatively plain on the outside and without a great deal of art on the inside, but the incredibly high vaulted ceiling and soaring columns let great deal of light in and imbue a heavenly feeling. While there is apparently a charge to enter in the daytime, we were able to enter in the early evening without payment.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 June 2024
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Purnima Jain
Bengaluru, India1,466 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
It's free to enter the church. The outside of the Basilica is misleading as inside one discovers a marvel of gothic architecture , with high ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows.
Located in the Jewish Quarter area, it's free to enter the church. To do the Towers + rooftop visit you need guided tours which start at 2 PM.
The outside of the Basilica is misleading as inside one discovers a marvel of gothic architecture, with high ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows. The ceilings tower above you once inside and the stained-glass windows are incredible.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday: 9:00am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:30pm; Sunday: 10:00am to 2:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm.
Metro Underground: L3 Jaume I or L4 Barceloneta.
A gothic church and not as lavish as Barcelona Cathedral but still worth doing if you have time, but will not prioritize it over Barcelona Cathedral which is simply splendid.
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Written 2 January 2020
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Susan V
16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Grand church in scale & design. Parts are being restored but the true essence remains in its beauty. One gains a sense of reverence when entering; its beautiful stained glass, arches, high ceilings gives one (at least me) time for quiet contemplation & moments of being truly present. Worth a visit!
Written 20 February 2020
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Sama
Terrassa, Spain53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Santa Maria del Mar is a hidden gem in Barcelona. Despite not being the Cathedral or, of course, the Sagrada Familia, it's a very beautiful church with tons of history, a very good example of Catalan Gothic style.

The guided tour - in catalan, spanish or english - is very worth its price. You get to know this little piece of Barcelona's history and all its secrets, and even better, you visit the crypt and the terrace, with some of the most amazing views of the city. Our guide, Anna, was very nice and helpful, and she explained everything perfectly. Very reccomended!
Written 9 July 2022
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TheLeongOhana
United States7,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
There were two admission options to see the church. The basic entry ticket was just to see the inside of the church and the crypt while the other option allowed a visitor to climb up to the rooftop.

The inside of the church was a bit on the dark side even with the beautiful stained glass windows up high. It was quite impressive with the towering ceiling above. I liked the fact that most of the small side altars could be seen up close without any gates blocking access like at the Barcelona Cathedral.

I recommend skipping the crypt since it was empty save for some tables and chairs. A couple of doors led to other parts of the church that seemed to be storage or an office. A small gift shop was near the admission entrance but not manned.

There was minimal signage inside except for one area where a comprehensive description of the church construction was posted. We could understand many of the key descriptions without needing a translator app.

We spent around 20 minutes inside for our 5 Euro admission.

If you skip going inside then the outside of the church would still be good to walk around. The setting sun seemed to turn the upper portions a golden color. We also saw the Fossar de Les Moreres where the eternal flame constantly burned in memory of those Catalans who fought and died in the Spanish War of 1714.
Written 18 January 2024
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Ryszard_Polska
Katowice, Poland2,664 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Our favorite church in Barcelona, probably one of the most beautiful, and there is always something interesting going on here.
This Christmas we could take part in an unusual show organized by the faithful from South America.
There were songs, dances and a great Christmas fiesta.
Majka and Ryszard from Poland

Nasz ulubiony kościół w Barcelonie, chyba jeden z najładniejszych, i zawsze się tutaj coś dzieje ciekawego.
W te Święta Bożego Narodzenia mogliśmy brać udział w niecodziennym pokazie zorganizowanym przez wiernych z Ameryki Południowej.
Były śpiewy, tańce i wspaniała fiesta bożenarodzeniowa.
Majka i Ryszard z Polski
Written 9 March 2020
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JRMADA
United States3,331 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
This basilica has a very unusual and beautiful altar. There are 8 pillars behind it. One of the things we like the most here is that the chapels are not behind bars like jail cells. This is a humble and simple church with some renovation going on at the moment. There is nothing spectacular in here, so if you are pressed for time, you can skip it. Entry is €5.00 or €10.00 depending on what you want to do. Tickets can be obtained onsite (cash or card) or online.
Written 3 December 2022
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raypask
Melbourne, Australia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The huge spacious interior of the gothic Basilica and soaring interior columns creates a grand but peaceful environment. Just wandering around and resting and contemplating is so worthwhile. The tower climb is worth it for the view: narrow surrounding streets and lanes with 4.6 storey buildings, some draped with clothes drying, plants and Catalunya flags. Worth the climb.
Written 26 January 2020
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journeymaid48
Fairport, NY1,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Absolutely amazing! This is a must see for history fans. The story of the building of Santa Maria del Mar was carrying stones from the mountain to the ship on their necks and backs out of duty to God. The vastness of the Basilica and numerous side chapels as well as the ceiling and high altar is a testament to faith in the 14th century. This was a highlight of our trip in Barcelona.
Written 9 August 2021
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Paul S
Bristol, UK11 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Whyvare they charging for visits when internal construction is going on. The basilica is very nice and the 6 euro entry fee would be okay if no construction was going on. It was very noisy inside with ladders banging, noisy builders shouting and work going on. Not somewhere to catch your thoughts and say prayer. Ask at the entrance if construction still ongoing and if so walk away and come back.
Written 21 August 2023
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JJJC_Family
Virginia787 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
A somewhat spare, but still reasonably grand church. Getting there at night was a mistake, as it was pretty dark inside and made it harder to distinguish features that might be of interest when they could be better seen. Plus we were very tired when we got there and unless it was going to be really special, we had little desire to extend our stay. So we took a quick look and we were gone. I know the first time we went, during daylight, we liked it better. Although, even then it was not spectacular. If you are close by and you have the time, sure, go see it. If not, you won’t be regretting it for the rest of your life.
Written 2 January 2022
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