Basilica De Santa Maria Del Mar, Barcelona

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    Santa Maria del Mar

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated May 19, 2014
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    I would probably have overlooked the Basilica Santa Maria del Mar if not for reading the novel "La catedral del mar" by Ildefonso Falcones (2006), which deals with Catalan history during the construction of the church. The porters of La Ribera, who collaborated in the construction of the church as a public and religious service, transporting stones, are represented on the doors of the main entrance and play a key role in the novel. The cathedral was built between 1329 and 1384, delayed by a fire that destroyed part of the building progress. While the outside of the gothic cathedral looks unimpressive and rather hemmed in by neighbouring buildings, the interior - though it has only few works of art on display - is very elegant, with unusually slender pillars and tall windows spending light.

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    Walking around Basilica de Santa Maria Del Mar

    by Oleg_D. Written May 7, 2014

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    Fabulous example of real Catalan Gothic architecture the Basilica of Santa Maria Del Mar is situated at tiny Square of Santa Maria. There several coffee-bars and shops at the square and around the basilica. Basilica itself and surrounding buildings and streets are worth to walk around and enjoy its clear gothic architecture and spirit of real Barcelona.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Opening time:
    Monday to Saturday:
    from 09:00 to 13.30 & 16.30 to 20:00.
    Sunday & public holidays:
    from 10.30 to 13:30 & 16.30pm to 20:00.

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    by Oleg_D. Written May 6, 2014

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    Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona was built for fifty five years, from 1329 through 1384 and is the only surviving church in the pure Catalan Gothic style. It was designed by Berenguer de Montagut. Church was built so comparatively quickly because it supposed to be the Parish Church of Merchant and Ship owners guilds and there rich people financed its construction. Its structure comprises three naves of the same height underpinned by very tall columns set 13 meters apart, a distance unsurpassed by any other existing medieval building. This gives the impression of sublime width, height and airiness, as if gravity had been reversed and pulled the immense blocks of stone upwards. The many stained-glass windows of the church of Santa Maria del Mar play an important role in giving this impression but they are not original. As I revealed later church suffered the fire which occurred in 1936 during anticlerical disturbances and majority original details of interior were destroyed.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Opening time:
    Monday to Saturday:
    from 09:00 to 13.30 & 16.30 to 20:00.
    Sunday & public holidays:
    from 10.30 to 13:30 & 16.30pm to 20:00.

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    Basilica de Santa Maria Del Mar/Interiors

    by Oleg_D. Updated May 6, 2014

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    From architectural point of view the interior of Basilica de Santa Maria Del Mar is fabulous masterpiece of XIV century Catalan Gothic. The columns are slim and still support the vaults and this is the evidence of excellent architectural and engineer’s designs and calculations. Although I was disappointed little because interiors are looked like as if they were robbed or suffered heavy fire. In fact this church survived the earthquake in 1428 but church was renovated after that yet in XV century. Unfortunately there were no real medieval neither stained glass windows, icons and statues inside of that church. The only original piece medieval art was the ceiling boss with the bas-relief showing equestrian figure of the King of Aragon made in XIV century. As I revealed later church suffered the fire which occurred in 1936 during anticlerical disturbances. That’s why it seems so empty inside.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Opening time:
    Monday to Saturday:
    from 09:00 to 13.30 & 16.30 to 20:00.
    Sunday & public holidays:
    from 10.30 to 13:30 & 16.30pm to 20:00.

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    Basilica de Santa Maria Del Mar/Main Portal

    by Oleg_D. Written May 6, 2014

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    The Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona is also known as the “Cathedral of La Ribera”, and it is one of the most perfect examples of Catalan Gothic style architecture due to its harmonious proportions and the serenity of the ensemble. Church preserved majority of its external decorations created in XIV-XVI centuries such as bas-relieves, gargoyles and statues.
    Admission is free but any donations are welcomed and highly appreciated.
    Opening time:
    Monday to Saturday:
    from 09:00 to 13.30 & 16.30 to 20:00.
    Sunday & public holidays:
    from 10.30 to 13:30 & 16.30pm to 20:00.

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    Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar

    by Martin_S. Updated Nov 9, 2011

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    Santa Maria del Mar, located in the Barri Gotic area of Barcelona (this particular section of the Barri Gotic is also called Ribera or even El-Born, depending on your map) at the end of the L'Argenteria street on a small square. You may ask HOW small a square, well even if you walk into the small coffee shop/restaurant across the square from the church, you STILL cannot get all the church in your photo frame (well unless you have a wide angle lens that is).
    As we entered the church there was also a wedding group entering and we thought we had possibly been lucky, but no, the ceremony was to be later apparently, so we did NOT see a wedding :o((
    The Gothic arches inside were beautiful and as always the play of light in the stained glass windows was enchanting. If you are interested in the history, take a look at:
    http://www.sacred-destinations.com/spain/barcelona-santa-maria-del-mar
    http://www.barcelonaturisme.com/Santa-Maria-del-Mar/_3Ngb8YjSpL3U56ScBHOWcxpDev_Vr2xe7rhAgUa92B0

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    Church of Santa Maria del Mar

    by Raimix Updated Feb 6, 2011

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    The church presents only one real Catalan Gothic style in Barcelona (without any other styles mixed). The church of Santa Maria del Mar was constructed between 1329 and 1383.

    Interior of church is quite elegant, not a heavy gothic. Lot of stain glass windows take lots of light inside. Very recommend to see it.

    The funds for this church was giver by ship-builders and merchants, so that why the name of it shows respect of the sea - "del Mar".

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    St. Mary of the Sea - Santa María del Mar

    by spanishguy Updated Feb 25, 2010

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    It's one of the most beautiful Gothic church in town. It was built in the 14th Century like a cathedral for sailors and merchants with the modest contribution of them. Its popular construction has inspired the best seller "The Cathedral of the Sea" by Ildefonso Falcones. The external structure is completly perfect: its main nave has 13 metres and each of the side ones has exactly 6'5 metres. The whole width of the church is the same than the height of the side naves and the difference between them and the main one is 6'5 metres, as the width of them.
    The main façade has an impressive Gothic rose window from the 15th Century, the sculptures of St. Peter and St. Paul and two belfries.

    Esta es una de las iglesias góticas más bonitas de la ciudad. Fue erigida en el siglo XIV como si fuera una catedral para marineros y mercaderes con modestas contribuciones por parte de ellos. Su construcción popular ha inspirado el best seller "La Catedral del Mar" de Ildefonso Falcones. La estructura externa es completamente perfecta: su nave central tiene 13 metros y cada una de las laterales 6'5 metros exactamente. La anchura total de la iglesia es igual a la altura de las naves laterales, y la diferencia entre estas y la central es de 6'5 metros. La fachada principal tiene un impresionante rosetón gótico del siglo XV, esculturas de San Pedro y San Pablo y dos campanarios.

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    Basilic of Santa Maria del Mar

    by Avieira67 Updated May 1, 2009

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    The Basilic of Santa Maria del Mar is one of the most important buildings in the Catalan Gothic style. An austere exterior, the decoration is kept to the two main doorways.

    The interior of the church is beautiful in its austerity and simplicity. The plain stonework of the apse with its many windows and columns acts like a beacon contrasting with the darkness of the nave. Like the Església de Betlem, its interior was gutted during the Spanish Civil War, but the removal of the stalls and screens only increases the interior's beauty and simplicity.

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    a nice catalan gothic church

    by mindcrime Written Mar 27, 2009

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    I liked very much this catalan gothic church with the most funniest guard ever (he started to clap his hands and move the giant keys so the visitors to understand he was going to lock the church!).
    The church supposed to have an excellent acoustic but I wasn’t lucky enough to hear any choir on my visit (I’ve been told about jazz concerts here also!). The simplicity of the interior was impressive because of the darkness and the windows high on the top. It was built on 14th century and the rose window is one of the highlights.

    It is opened 9.00-13:30, 16.30-20.00 daily and the entrance is free.

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    Basílica Santa Maria del Mar

    by MM212 Updated Jul 19, 2008

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    One of the finest examples of Catalan Gothic architecture, the Basílica Santa Maria del Mar dominates El Born in Old Barcelona. The basilica dates back to the 14th century, though the magnificent rose window and the two octagonal towers were added in the 15th century after an earthquakes necessitated some restoration work. Surrounding the church is the extensive pedestrianised area of El Born, the trendy part of the city with many boutiques, tapas bars and cafés.

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    Basíca de Santa Maria del Mar

    by MalenaN Written May 1, 2008

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    The Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar was built in the 14th century. It took only 55 years to built it, which was fast in those years. Because it didn’t take very long to built the church it is not constructed in different styles, which many other churches are, but is built entirely in Catalan Gothic style. The ceiling is high in the central nave and the two aisles. There are some fine stained-glass windows, for example a round rose window on the west façade with the coronation of the Virgin. The interior is simple in it’s decoration. It was so from the beginning, but has been so even more since a fire during the Civil War.
    I liked the church very much, the architecture and the atmosphere. There was organ music playing and along the walls in the aisles were tables with candles, all burning in red cups.
    The church is open between 9 - 13.30 and 16 - 20.

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    So Beautiful. Santa Maria del Mar

    by kanjon Updated Mar 5, 2008

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    I went to this church in the evening. Inside it was lit up only so much as to show the marvellous architecture and sparse decorations as stained glass windows and sculptures. Everything was quiet in an expecting, not sordid, way. The interior of this church really moved me and when I visited it in daytime this Catalan Gothic basilica is really imposing. Don´t miss it! They give concerts here sometimes, go check it out, the acoustics must be fantastic.

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    Outside the walls:Santa Maria del Mar Church

    by Elisabcn Written Aug 3, 2007

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    This is the most beautiful church in Barcelona. Built in the XIVth century by the sailors' corporation (in only 50 years!) it follows the rules of the catalan gothic style (only one nave with some chapels around it). All the people of that district took part in a way or another in its construction: the most important people, like the king, did it with money and the other people with their work). It is also known as the "cathedral of the sea" due to a very successful romance about it.
    Inside the acoustic is perfect. It has been the scene of lots of classical music and jazz concerts

    The second picture is a detail of the main door where you can see a bastaix (the person who carried all the merchandises from the ships that arrived to Barcelona to the city) helping to the construction of the church

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    Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar

    by sue_stone Updated Feb 27, 2007

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    Located in the La Ribera district, at the southern end of Passeig del Born, is the lovely Esglesia de Santa Maria del Mar. Thought of as one of the finest examples of Catalan Gothic architecture, this 14th century church dominates the little Placa de Santa Maria.

    The church is dedicated to Saint Mary of the Sea, the patron saint of sailors, and an ancient model ship hangs inside. It took just over 55 years to build which was an amazing effort in those days. The quick construction meant that they stayed true to the gothic style.

    The interior is quite plain - not helped by the fact that it was gutted by anarchists in both 1909 and 1936. It has a large central nave and a multitude of octagonal pillars.

    Take some time out inside the church as it is such a calming place. Apparently it is Barcelona's most popular wedding spot!

    Opening hours: Daily from 9am-1.30pm (Sunday 10am-2pm), and from 4.30pm-8pm

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