Santa Maria del Mar is the only church with a pure gothic style. This artwork was built during 55 years (1329 – 1384) by fishermen, humble people and bastaixos, also known as ‘Macips de la Ribera’ (Ribera’ Slaves’). The last ones were in charge of carrying the stones needed for the construction of the basilica between the Montjuïc quarry and the Santa Maria del Mar, located at the Ribera neighborhood (also known as Born area).
What stands out most of its interior are the tall columns and stained glass windows which help to increase the feeling of spaciousness in a space not surpassed by any medieval construction in the world.
- The rose window at the front side is a reconstruction of the original one which was destroyed due to the earthquake that took place in Barcelona in 1428.
- Santa Maria was the temple of the ship-owners and merchants of the time. That is the reason why if you look at the floor you will see private tombs as well as tombs of medieval guilds and brotherhoods.
- The main door of the Church paid tribute to the fishermen and bastaixos, the principal workforce of the basilica.
- There is a shield of the Barcelona Futbol Club Barcelona in one of the stained glasses of the church. On August 3 and 4, 1936 Santa Maria del Mar as well as many other churches of the city burnt out after the anarchists' and communists assault. At the end of the 60s the stained glass windows were reconstructed thanks to the monetary contributions done by the FGC, so the shield was added in its honor. Will you be able to find it?
- Opening hours:
Mon.: Sat.: 9am- 1pm, 5pm – 8.30pm
Sun.: 10am – 2pm, 5pm - 8pm
- Mass Schedule:
Every day at 7pm.
Specially suitable for
When it rains