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Iglesia Santa María del Mar
NileGuide Expert Says:
Take note of the uniformity in style of the architecture and consider the fact that this church was built relatively quickly.
Plaça de Santa Maria, 1, Barcelona, Spain
933 10 23 90
The church of Santa María del Mar provides an exceptional example of Catalan Gothic architecture. Imagine the sea once rose closer to this place of worship, and think of how important of a symbol it was for the wealthy maritime class who had their hands in its construction. From the outside the horizontal lines and heavy façade deceive those who enter the church to find columns stretching lightly towards the Gothic vaults. Appreciate the simplicity of the interior which is missing the elaborate altar and chapel pieces typical to Spanish churches. A fire set by anarchists in 1936 burned through those heavy decorations.