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  • Address: Placa Santa Maria 1, La Ribera, Barcelona, Ciutat Vella 08003, Spain

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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 Old Town Sky Walk Tour, Barcelona, null
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Barcelona Old Town Sky Walk Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Climb to new heights for a different perspective of Barcelona on this 2.5-hour panoramic rooftops tour. Enjoy amazing photo opportunities of the Catalonian ...  Read more

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

From USD $49.15
Barcelona Guided Bike Tour, Barcelona, Walking Tours
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Barcelona Guided Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Barcelona is a very beautiful and bike friendly city with more than a 150 km of cycle lanes. The city’s mild and sunny climate allow for all-year-long outdoor ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Flexible

From USD $27.43
'The Cathedral of the Sea' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona, Barcelona, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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'The Cathedral of the Sea' Walking Book Tour in Barcelona

4 star rating: Recommended 56 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 $16.00
Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Private Tour including Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Literary, Art & ... 
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Skip the Line: Best of Barcelona Private Tour including Sagrada Familia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2708 Reviews

See the best of Barcelona on this private sightseeing tour, which offers a comprehensive view of this exquisite Catalan city and includes skip-the-line access ...  Read more

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

From USD $125.74
Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour, Barcelona, Skip-the-Line Tours
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Barcelona Half-Day Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11185 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 $27.43
Barcelona Electric Bike Tour with Tapas and Drinks, Barcelona, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Barcelona Electric Bike Tour with Tapas and Drinks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1854 Reviews

Combine Barcelona sightseeing by electric bike with tapas and drinks on a 3-hour city tour, led by a local guide! Fun and safe, the bike has an electric motor ...  Read more

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

From USD $56.01
Private Custom Tour: Barcelona in a Day, Barcelona, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private Custom Tour: Barcelona in a Day

4 star rating: Recommended 125 Reviews

Make the most of your time in Barcelona, and see the sights that you want to see on this private tour with a local guide. Choose between a half- or full-day ...  Read more

Location: Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 3.5 hours (half-day tour) or 7 hours (full-day tour)

From USD $50.18
Barcelona by Night Electric Bike Tour and Magic Fountain Show, Barcelona, Custom Private Tours
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Barcelona by Night Electric Bike Tour and Magic Fountain Show

Experience Barcelona when the sun goes down, the streets are less crowded, and the landscapes are more romantic. Admire the spectacular the Magic Fountain show ...  Read more

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

From USD $62.87
Small-Group Barcelona Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour, Barcelona, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Small-Group Barcelona Chocolate and Sweets Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 675 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 $56.01
Barcelona Bike Tour, Barcelona, Food Tours
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Barcelona Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 74 Reviews

Explore Barcelona’s top sights and iconic neighborhoods on this 2.5-hour bike tour. With an expert guide, cycle along the city’s sunbaked streets ...  Read more

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

From USD $20.58

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