A Quiet Moment In The Basilica Of Santa Maria Del Mar

We had tried to go into Santa Maria Del Mar a couple times on Sundays but had never made it inside because visiting hours were over. Which meant I was especially excited to happen upon the Basilica in the late evening with the doors wide open. Luckily the girls were both asleep in the stroller [they are much quieter that way, which is handy when going into a church].

 

The exterior of the church is absolutely massive and closely surrounded by the neighborhood in which it sits so it was basically impossible to get a good picture of the outside of the church. Though I did take a video of this little old woman singing on one side of the church. She has been there providing a moving, beautiful atmosphere around basilica each weekend we've been in the area.

When we went inside I was struck by how open and spacious it was. Another thing I noticed was that there was very little religious imagery that you would expect in a large Gothic church. As it turns out, there was a fire in the early 1900's during an "anti-clerical disturbance" and some of it was destroyed. Luckily some lovely stained glass windows survived from the various periods of building and restoration. It was fun to visit at night because everything seemed to glow in the light of chandeliers.

Fun Facts::

The spacing of the columns is the widest of any Gothic church in Europe—about forty-three feet apart, center to center.

The church claims to have the slenderest stone built columns in the world.

It was beautiful on the inside but also has a gorgeous front façade. If you would like to sit and admire it for a while, there is a little cafe called Bubo directly in front of it that has ridiculously good desserts (the #1 chocolate cake in the world a few years a ago). Everything we had there was far better than I had anticipated as it was in such a "touristy" spot so I expected a mediocre meal. it turned out to be one of my favorite meal for the entire time we spent in Barcelona.
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Free Visiting Hours: 

Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm & 5:00 pm to 8:30 pm. 
Sunday: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm & 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Website: www.santamariadelmarbarcelona.org/