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Santa Maria del Mar
Santa Maria del Mar

Santa Maria del Mar

Santa Maria del Mar is a Gothic church, which is located in one of the oldest neighborhoods of Barcelona: La Ribera. The church was built between the years 1329-1389, during the height of the medieval  Catalan culture. The church is an excellent example of Catalan Gothic style of architecture with its unique purity. The building is very grand and inspiring.

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Santa Maria del Mar from the year 998. The plan to build the church was made ​​in 1324 by order of Archbishop Bernard Yulya. Construction of the church began on March 25, 1329 when the first stone was gelerd by King Alfonso IV of Aragon. All guilds of La Ribera were during the construction involved in this mammoth task. In 1350, all the walls, the side chapels and the facades finished. However, in 1379 there was a large fire which damaged many important elements. On 3 November 1383 the last stone was laid and the church was consecrated on 15 August 1384. In the year 1428 an earthquake destroyed some windows on the west side of the church. During a fire in the chapel in 1936, some images and the altar destroyed.

The Exterior

The facade of Santa Maria del Mar gives the impression that it is a huge and heavy building. In contrast to this it feels very different if you are in the building. It is difficult to see the church full as there are around the church countless narrow streets. Only from the square of Santa Maria you can see the church really good.

The interior

It is surprising that, when you walk into the church, feeling that it is a large, massive building was completely disappears. Inside you can see that there is plenty of space and light, which is partly caused by the high windows. There are virtually no images in the church.

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Opening hours

Monday / m Saturday: 09:00 to 1:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday and holidays: 10:30 to 13:30, 16:30 to 20:00

How to get there?

The church is located at Placa Santa Maria and the La Ribera. This is between Ciutadella and Barri Gotic.
The nearest metro stop is Jaume I (L4 – Yellow Line)
Bus stops: 17,19,40,45
Barcelona toeristenbus stop: Placa de Palau

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