The church of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona is a Gothic building located in the Barrio de la Rivera, and was built in the early 13th century. Its two octagonal towers frame the main facade (the octagon shape is repeated in the columns of the interior). On the sides there are two doors, the so-called Puerta de los Sombrereros (the Hatters’ Door) and the Puerta de las Moreras (The Mulberry Trees Door), which gives name to the square adjacent to the Basílica commemorating the Catalans who died during the siege to Barcelona in 1714.

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It was built by master builders Berenguer de Montagut (designer) and Ramon Despuig, during the era of the Glorious Catalonian Expansion. The interior has three naves, separated by high-rising columns, and its harmony consists in its measurements. The main facade is decorated with images of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, and has an insuperable flaming rosette that dates back to the fifteenth century. In 1428, an earthquake caused the collapse of the original rosette, but soon a contract was signed to build the current one.

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Half of the images that were added to the Baroque altar in the following centuries were burned on August 3rd, 1936, in provoked fires at the beginning of the Spanish Revolution, which affected some other Barcelonas churches.

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As of today, this church is one of the most visited destinations in the city, due largely to the novel written by Ildefonso Falcones, “La Catedral del Mar,” which has sold over a million copies and has been translated into many languages.

If you are excited to learn about the whole history of the churches of Barcelona, and you wish to see Barcelona Cathedral up close, look at the light passing through the rosettes of Santa María del Mar, and go through many other magnificent Gothic buildings, look for lodging in apartments in Barcelona close to the city center.

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