The only true exponent of Catalan Gothic style, this church is widely famous in Barcelona for being the background setting of the best selling book “La Catedral del Mar” (Cathedral of the Sea) by Ildefonso Falcones. Set in the blooming 14th Century Barcelona, the story develops while the church is being constructed.
Relive the stories of the book taking the Cathedral of the Sea Walking Tour, and learn all about the secrets of Barcelona in medieval times.
Considered the main church of La Ribera Quarter, it was built with the help of humble local workers, and many people feel that the success of the novel finally has given Santa Maria del Mar the fame it deserves. In spite of its heavy exterior, the inside it’s beautifully lit and generous in space.
It’s well recommended to make a visit at sunset, when the sun hits on the stained-glass windows the effect it’s quite gorgeous. Certainly one of the Medieval buildings in Barcelona that deserves a visit. Who knows, you may encounter a classical music concert or maybe a wedding taking place.
How to get to Santa Maria del Mar:
Metro: Line 4, Jaume I Station.
Bus: #14, #17, #19, #45, #120, #N8.
Pl. de Santa Maria 1, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
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