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The Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

Placa Santa Maria 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
+34 933 10 23 90
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Built in the fourteenth century, this cathedral is one of the most important religious centers in Barcelona.
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Placa Santa Maria 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
El Born / La Ribera
+34 933 10 23 90
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Reviewed yesterday

For those who seek quietness, relaxation and divinity for sure this is the place. With not the enormous tourist numbers certainly yoy can stay and pray and feel the spirit of Santa Maria.

Thank George L
Reviewed 3 days ago

As the city's main cathedral it lives up to exceptions,ladies must have shoulders covered lots of people outside selling scarf's

1  Thank BantamJosh77
Reviewed 4 days ago

Make sure you take a peek inside the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar. The stained glass windows and beautiful chandeliers add to the lovely interior.

Thank RHF1
Reviewed 4 days ago

This Basilica is beautiful and off the beaten path. It´s located in the northern part of Barri Gotic and is farther away from the tourist shops. I recommend coming here and getting lost in the neighborhood. There´s a lot to find and explore including sections...More

Thank Apple853
Reviewed 4 days ago

This church is stunning - the stained glass, the chandeliers- the rooftop view. I would highly recommend

Thank Fiona B
Reviewed 4 days ago

A pure example of Catalan Gothic architecture, this is by far the most beautiful church in Barcelona. Soaring arches, gorgeous stained glass windows, elegant lines. A marvel!

Thank Christine F
Reviewed 5 days ago

Fine and atmospheric gothic cathedral. From the outside it looks quite plain, almost Spartan, but wait until you are inside! The light from the windows sets off the magnificent columns, quite something.

Thank NiallFleming
Reviewed 6 days ago

This cathedral was first built over 55 years in the 1300's and has had various renovations since then. The high altar contains the original Virgin of the Sea statue which was worshipped by the Bastiaxos who carried the stones from the local quarry. The book...More

Thank David E
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is my favourite space in Barcelona - whether you go to a mass (which I did for the acoustics), a music performance or a tour, Santa Maria del Mar is very special. This is one of my must see places in Barcelona. The stripped...More

Thank Marlette C
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderful high-ceilinged church in the El Born quarter. Quiet and calm, wonderful stained glass. Great plaza out front, although quite heavily touristed. Worth a visit both for the church and for the neighbourhood

Thank Gavin M
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
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Hi, what is the best time to tour and how many hours should I allocate?
24 June 2017|
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Response from NiallFleming | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I meant to add that we went just after lunch. I would check the church website for times of services as clearly viewing will be restricted during these.
Is there a dress code to visit?
9 June 2017|
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Response from Michael P | Reviewed this property |
There is no special dress code. But as usual in every church you should not wear short trousers and you should cover your shoulders.
I noted in one of the reviews that someone mentioned needing to wear a long skirt, but didn't find any other mention of it. Is there a dress code?
9 June 2017|
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Response from Marco V | Reviewed this property |
Not for Santa Maria del Mar, but avoid using something too short, the main problem is in Barcelona's cathedral they are the ones that wont let you get in using anything above the knees or without sleeves