Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar

Last modified: 
12/03/2020 - 09:48
Medieval buildings & monuments

The exterior of the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar (1329-1383) offers a compact look that does not convey what we will find inside. It is the most faithful representative of the austere Catalan Gothic style and has been long considered as the cathedral of seafarers. And no wonder, the parishioners of the port area and the Ribera quarter were the ones who contributed with their money or with their work. Apparently, the whole population of the Ribera quarter participated in the construction and especially the unloaders of the docks, who were called “galafates” de la Ribera or “bastaixos”, reason why the main door of the Basilica pays homage to them.

The Santa Maria del Mar has suffered several disasters: In 1379, when the fourth tranche of vaults were about to be finished, the scaffolding caught fire and the stones suffered a considerable damage. Later, the 1428 earthquake caused the collapse of the rosette, causing some deaths. And finally there was a fire on 3 and 4 August 1936 caused by anarchists and communists who stormed the temple (like other churches in Barcelona).

Opening hours to visit Santa Maria del Mar in 2020

  • Monday to Saturday: 9:00 h - 13:00h and 17:00 h - 20:30 h.
  • Sundays: 10:00h - 14:00h and 17:00 - 20:00h.

Mass schedule

Every day at 7:30 p.m.

Sundays and holidays

7:30 pm Early Mass on Saturday
12:00 pm International Mass
7:30 pm Evening Mass (Spanish)



Where is it?

Ciutat Vella - La Ribera / Born
Zip code: 
Plaça de Santa Maria, 1