Inside Santa Maria del Mar

Santa Maria del Mar: open after sunset

This summer there’s a schedule of guided visits to the church every Friday and Saturday from 9pm.

This is a different way of exploring the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar, at sunset, practically alone, wandering freely around this iconic construction because the church has already closed its doors for the day and is open exclusively for those who have signed up for the activity, and, in addition, having access to spaces that are not usually open for visits, like the tribunes, the crypt and the neoclassical chapel. All of this is possible this summer thanks to the guided tours scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays by the Basilica and Riosta Barcelona. The first group enters at 9.00pm, and the second at 9:30pm, and there will be a maximum of 25 people in each. You can probably imagine that it is essential to book beforehand if you want to guarantee a place; You can do so by calling 93 198 40 67 or by email at info@riostabarcelona.com.

The one-and-a-half-hour tour also includes access to the terraces through the towers, providing a new perspective of the building and allowing the visitor to get closer than ever to the spectacular Rose window, stained glass windows, abutments and gargoyles. And from there you can admire the narrow streets of El Born the rest of the city with a 360º panoramic view as the sun goes down.

Santa Maria del Mar, the "cathedral of the sea" as it is also known, is an icon of the Catalan Gothic style. Its construction dates back to the 14th century and it was raised in only 54 years, resulting in a compact style. Inside the naves are constructed in such a way as to resemble a single nave, with perfectly proportioned columns. The church is also notable for its stained glass windows.

Additional information on guided tours is available at the following link.

 

 

Publication date: Thursday, 13 July 2017
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