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 2023

Cultural visit

  • Monday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • From Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., admission must be paid.

Cultural visit price

  • Visit inside the temple + gallery space museum + crypt: € 5.00.
  • Visit inside the temple + gallery space museum + crypt + towers + roofs: 1 person € 10.00 / 2 people € 15.00.

Free for children under 10 years of age accompanied by an adult, and for people with a degree of disability greater than 65%.

Tickets are purchased at the Visitor Information Point of the Basilica (inside, next to the entrance to the Portal del Paseo del Born).

Mass schedule

  • Monday to Saturday: 7:30 p.m. (in Catalan)
  • Sundays: 12:00 p.m. International High Mass and 7:30 p.m. Evening Mass (in Spanish)

Where is it?

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

How to get there

Metro: L4 Jaume I
Bus: 47, 120, H14, V12, V15, N0, N6, N28, N70 and Tourist Bus (red route, bus stop Pla de Palau - Parc de la Ciutadella)


What times are Easter Masses on April 9th.

Is there a mass in English?

Fri, 07/04/2023 - 14:45
Sue foltz (not verified)

Hi, we’ll be there for Semana Santa and wanted to attend the noon mass and wanted to know how long Easter mass is. Thank you!

Mon, 20/03/2023 - 23:42
Ceci Herrera (not verified)

Hello Ceci,

At the moment we do not have information about the Easter masses in the Basilica of Santa del Mar. On April 2 the blessing of Ramos is scheduled to be celebrated (11:45 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.) and on April 7 rl Stations of the Cross (10:00 a.m.).

Best wishes,

Thu, 23/03/2023 - 08:02

In reply to by Ceci Herrera (not verified)

Are there choral masses or other musical events scheduled between May 13-29, 2023?

Fri, 24/02/2023 - 16:46
Debra Gaines (not verified)

Hi there,

Do you have Masses in English during the Semana Santa 2023. May I know the schedule. Thank you.

Thu, 12/01/2023 - 12:52
Jo (not verified)

Hi there!

Anyone know how much entry to Misa de gallo is on Christmas Eve? And how early to get there for a decent view of the service?

Mon, 19/12/2022 - 14:43
Ashley (not verified)

Hello Asheley,

You don't need to pay to go to a mass, nor the one of the Gallo. Regarding the time, keep in mind that before the mass, El Canto de la Sibila, a medieval piece of religious theater, is performed. El Canto de la Sibila starts at 7:30 pm and the Misa del Gallo at 8:00 pm.

Best wishes from Barcelona

Mon, 19/12/2022 - 16:53

In reply to by Ashley (not verified)

Hi there,

I will be with my family (husband, 2 daughters ages 10 and 7) visiting Barcelona during Christmas and would like to attend a mass. What is the schedule for 12/24 and 12/25 at Santa Maria Del Mar? Also, how long will the mass be and will there be any choirs? Thank you!

Tue, 29/11/2022 - 01:17
Elizabeth Ibrahim (not verified)

Hello Elizabeth,

Bellow, the mass schedule for the days you mention:

Saturday, December 24
5pm: Latin American Nativity Mass
7.30pm: Song of the Sibyl (liturgical drama of Gregorian melody)
8pm: Rooster Mass

Sunday, December 25 (Christmas)
12 noon: Christmas Mass
7.30pm: Evening Mass in Spanish

Best wishes from Barcelona,

Wed, 30/11/2022 - 07:47

In reply to by Elizabeth Ibrahim (not verified)

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