Located in the Barri Gòtic, the Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi (Basilica of the Blessed Lady of the Pine) is one of the oldest churches in Barcelona. Built in the 14th century in a Catalan Gothic style, it was gutted by fire in 1936 and restored in the 1960s. Known for its massive rose window and named for a pine tree that stood nearby, it also hosts a number of musical concerts.
The basilica has an imposing facade, a single nave, gilded chapels, a high vaulted ceiling, and exquisite stained glass windows. The 12-sided rose window is one of the largest in the world. Climb the 177-foot-tall (54-meter-tall) bell tower for panoramic views over Barcelona and view priceless metalwork, relics, and paintings in the treasury and museum.
Tour the basilica on your own or join a guided tour to access areas like the bell tower. Tours can be combined with a walking tour of the Barri Gòtic and other attractions, such as La Sagrada Familia. Visit on a hop-on hop-off bus to explore top Barcelona attractions at your leisure. For a unique view of the city, add on a helicopter and boat sightseeing tour. Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- There is a fee to access certain portions of the basilica.
- Guided tours are available for an additional fee and include the bell tower.
- Wear comfortable shoes if planning to climb the steps to the bell tower.
- Don’t forget your camera to capture the views from the tower.
- The main part of the basilica is wheelchair-accessible.
The Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi is located in the Barri Gòtic, on Plaça del Pi, just a few minutes’ walk from Las Ramblas and the tourist center of Barcelona. By public transportation, take the metro (L3) to Liceu or take bus 59, 91, or V13. When to Get There
The basilica is open for visits daily but closed on December 25 and 26, January 1 to 6, and May 12. Guided tours are available daily at 12pm and 1pm and on weekends also at 3:30pm. Music concerts are held here frequently; check ahead for the latest schedule.
At the entrance of the basilica is a case holding four giant wearable puppets: Mustafá, Elisenda (to honor Queen Elisenda de Montcada), Oriol (for St. José, patron saint of the barrio of Pi), and Laia (after St. Eulalia, the patroness of Barcelona). They date back to the 16th and 18th centuries and are still used in festivals and Catholic feast days.