Barcelona isn't short of iconic churches (such as the Cathedral La Seu or Gaudi's La Sagrada Familia) but few visitors will regret adding the Santa Maria del Mar onto their travel itinerary. This medieval colossus was built between 1329 and 1384 and named other St. Mary, patron saint of sailors, thanks to its close location to the sea. The church is known for its purity of architectural style (a prime example of Catalan Gothic) and worthy of note are the octagonal towers, beautiful rose-shaped stained glass window above the entrance and, in the interior, the two rows of columns soaring divinely towards heaven. One of the most easily recognisable landmarks of El Born district, Santa Maria del Mar looks over a delightful small square, near the Passeig del Born, and the lucky might even find a table for a lunch or coffee break. The church is free to enter, but is closed between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.
This is such a pretty church - definitely make sure to look in if you're in the area. The stained glass is amazing!
reviewed by Jess123 from United States on Mar.29.2016
A wonderful example of Gothic architecture. There's also a delightful wine bar called La Vinya del Senyor just in the square underneath which you should check out if you are passing by.
reviewed by Sophie from Denmark on Jan.19.2015
quiero saber quien fue maria del mar por que yo soy desendencia de ella pero me gustaria saber mas de ella
reviewed by evelyn from United States on May.28.2011
Hint: the eagle-eyed might be able to spot the FC Barcelona coat of arms amongst the stained glass... but that's another story.
reviewed by The Editor from Spain on Mar.18.2010