We found 1 things to do for Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar! Deemed as the only perfectly Catalan Gothic church in the world, this basilica is an architectural accomplishment of first-rate proportions. Enter this magnum opus and see its glaring differences from other European gothic cathedrals: octagonal, flat-topped towers and unique buttresses, among others. Read more
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Deemed as the only perfectly Catalan Gothic church in the world, this basilica is an architectural accomplishment of first-rate proportions. Enter this magnum opus and see its glaring differences from other European gothic cathedrals: octagonal, flat-topped towers and unique buttresses, among others. Your tourist satisfaction, however, would not end in mere visual delight; this church also has excellent acoustic conditions, making for an unforgettable experience during concerts and musical events.
A written archive from 998 A.D. is the oldest reference to the survival of the Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar, whose outer walls indeed set Catalan Gothic apart from other similar European designs. It took a mere 55 years to be finished, setting an unrivalled record during the Middle Ages. With pooled resources from merchants and shipbuilders, architect Berenguer de Montagut began this religious masterpiece, and the first stone was laid to honor the conquest of Sardinia, which ensured Catalan domination in the Mediterranean. There is an irrevocable unity in its physical guise: 15th-century rose window of the Coronation of the Virgin on the west front, matching with 15th- to 18th-century stained glass lighting the various naves and aisles. The burning of the choir and some furnishings during the Civil War, however, adds to a heightened sense of space inside. Catch a musical event here, whether it is on classical music or the occasional jazz; the church interiors promise superb acoustic quality.
How to get there
By metro: Jaume I. By bus: 17, 19, 40, 45.
Mon-Sat 9am-1:30pm, 4:30-8pm, Sun 10am onwards