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St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral

The striking Gothic façade of the St. Mary of the Sea Cathedral, (also known as Cathedral Santa Maria del Mar and Basilica Santa Maria del Maris) one of the most memorable sights of Barcelona’s La Ribera and El Born districts, dating back to the 12th century. Renowned as one of the country’s finest examples of Catalan Gothic architecture, the original cathedral was the work of architects Berenguer de Montagut and Ramon Despuig, whose efforts were partially damaged by a number of fires throughout the 14th and 19th century.

Significant parts of the original cathedral still remain intact, including much of the imposing frontage, accompanied by a number of restorations and additions added throughout the 20th century. The cathedral interiors are far less imposing, with stained glass clerestory windows allowing light to stream into the aisles and a ribbed vault supported by dramatic slender columns. Highlights include the 15th-century west window, a beautiful rosette of stained glass; the exquisite sculptures adorning the tympanum and portal; and the Capella del Santo Cristo, with its stained-glass allegory of Barcelona’s 1992 Olympic Games.

The cathedral is open to visitors daily, but to really experience the atmospheric surroundings, time your visit for the traditional choral mass held each Sunday.

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Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 520 Reviews

There's no better way to see the sights and learn the history of Barcelona than by joining a bike tour! You get to have fun and socialize, have some exercise ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.66

Barcelona and Montserrat Tour with Skip-the-Line Park Güell Entry and Hotel or Port Pickup

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Combine city sightseeing in Barcelona with a trip to the multi-peaked mountain of Montserrat on this full-day tour! With an expert guide you’ll see countless ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $139.84

Barcelona Coastal Tour by Scooter

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Explore Barcelona's coast in a way that is different and more exciting than a typical city tour – on a scooter! Cruise along the Mediterranean waterfront to ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $65.96

Barcelona Electric Bike Tour with Tapas and Drinks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Combine Barcelona sightseeing by electric bike with tapas and drinks on a 2.5-hour city tour, led by a local guide! Fun and safe, the bike has an electric ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $59.36

Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Tour including Sagrada Familia

4.5 star rating: Recommended 636 Reviews

Explore the beauty of Barcelona on this Best of Barcelona Tour, which offers a comprehensive view of this exquisite Catalan city, including a visit to La ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Varies

From USD $104.22

Barcelona in One Day Sightseeing Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 318 Reviews

Combine two Barcelona tours at a discounted price and see the best of the city on this Super Saver! Enjoy a morning of sightseeing, and discover Barri ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $117.41

Barcelona Ghost Night Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 19 Reviews

Discover Barcelona at night on this ghost walking tour and find out what secrets lay beneath the city’s surface. Wander through Barcelona’s neighborhoods and ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $18.47

Small-Group Barcelona Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Indulge your taste buds with this chocolate and sweets small-group walking tour in Barcelona! Learn about the important tradition of pastries and chocolate in ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $64.64

'The Cathedral of the Sea' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona

4 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Explore the city of Barcelona on this guided walking tour and relive the stories of the exciting novel ‘The Cathedral of the Sea’, by Ildefonso Falcones. Visit ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.47

Artistic Barcelona Including Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia and Skip-the-Line Entry to Park Güell

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 81 Reviews

Discover Antoni Gaudi’s Modernist masterpieces on a 3.5-hour afternoon tour of Barcelona, led by an expert local guide! After admiring close-up views of ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $60.68

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