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Religious Sites in Barcelona

Barcelona is renowned for having some impressive religious sites and the famed Sagrada Familia church is at the top of the list. The work of the famous Antonio Gaudi the church is a masterpiece of architecture, its trademark being the six unusually ornamented spires. The construction of the church started in 1882 and is still not complete, however it offers the most impressive views across the city from its rooftop and has an interesting museum inside devoted to its architect. Barcelona Cathedral also known as the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia or La Seu is also well worth visiting. It is Gothic in style, built between the 13th and 15th Centuries with the Gothic facade added in the 19th Century. Today, it is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Barcelona. A rather unusual side to this cathedral is the isolated cloister, which is home to thirteen white geese. Other notable religious sites in the city include the Santa Maria del Mar church and the Santa Maria del Pi church.


Basilica de la Mare de Deu de la Merce
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Basilica de la Mare de Deu de la Merce , by Erick Opena
Basílica de la Mare de Deu de la Mercè
Address: Plaça Mercè 1
  Phone: +34 93 315 27 56
 

Basílica de la Mare de Deu de la Mercè is one of the most famous churches in Barcelona. It is dedicated to the patron saint of the city, the Virgen de la Mercè. The original Medieval building of the church was in Gothic style, but in the 14th and 15th Century it was slightly remodelled according to the then-recent trends. In the late 18th Century, the basilica was thoroughly refurbished by the architect Josep Mas i Cordal who drew inspiration from the Italian Baroque. The church has one main nave with beautiful chapels on each side. Noteworthy features of the building include an impressive dome crowning the crossing and a pattern of curved scrolls adorning the facade.
Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar
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Basilica de Santa Maria del Mar, by Vicenç Feliú
Basílica de Santa María del Mar
Address: Plaça de Santa María del Mar
  Phone: +34 93 310 23 90
 

Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 09 -20  
Basílica de Santa María del Mar, the Basilica of St Mary of the Sea, is one of Barcelona's emblematic churches. In the Middle Ages, the church was a prominent place of worship for shipowners and sea merchants. The construction started in 1324, and it was completed a mere five years later, under the reign of King Juame II. Designed by Berenguer de Montagut, Santa María del Mar is a wonderful example for Catalan Gothic architecture. The church has three beautiful naves, separated by pillars. The vast interior is topped with octagonal towers. Of particular note is the impressive rose stained-glass window, dating from the 15th Century. The facade of the basilica is nicely decorated with sculptures from various epochs.
Capella de Santa Agata
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Capella de Santa Agata, by Maria Kokidu
Capella de Santa Àgata
Address: Plaça del Rei
  Phone: +34 93 285 3834
 

Capella de Santa Àgata, the Chapel of St Agatha is a marvellous church, part of the magnificent complex of Palacio Real Mayor, the main royal palace. The church was erected in the 14th Century, during the reign of King Jaume II. It replaced an earlier Romanesque chapel dedicated to St Mary that once occupied the site. The style of the present church is Gothic, with the typical single nave. The interior features lovely chapels and beautiful stained-glass windows. The lavish altarpiece is a work of Jaume Huguet.
Capilla de Marcus
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Capilla de Marcus, by Carlos de Vega
Capilla de Marcús
Address: Calle Carders
  Phone: +34 93 319 05 16
 

Capilla de Marcús, the Chapel of Marcus, is an authentic Medieval structure dating back to the 12th Century. Originally constructed beside an ancient Roman road, it was dedicated to the Roman deities ruling the sea. The style of the church is Romanesque. Contemporary visitors can still admire the blind arches forming the exterior in their original shape. The interior, refurbished and remodelled in the 19th-century, is adorned with elements of the Neo-Classical style.
Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia
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Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia, by Olivia Heredia
Catedral de la Santa Cruz y Santa Eulalia
Address: Pla de la Seu
  Phone: +34 93 315 15 54
 

The Cathedral de la Santa Creu, also known as the Cathedral or simply the Seu, is one of the most beautiful and impressive churches in the city, an excellent example of the Mediterranean Gothic architecture. The construction of the building began in the final decades of the 13th Century, during the reign of King Jaume II. The cathedral was preceded by a number of different constructions, including a Roman temple, a mosque, and a few early Christian churches.
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Iglesia de Santa Anna
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Iglesia de Santa Anna, by Carlos de Vega
Iglesia de Santa Anna
Address: Plazoleta de Santa Anna
  Phone: +34 93 301 35 76
 

Iglesia de Santa Anna is a marvellous church in the old heart of the Catalonian capital. Dating back to the 11th Century, it originally constituted part of a monastery complex located outside the city’s walls. The ancient basilica combines elements of several different styles, including the Romanesque (the visibly older part) and Gothic (introduced during later renovations). The most noteworthy partsof the church are its cloister and the main hall, dating from the 15th Century.
Monestir de Pedralbes
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Monestir de Pedralbes, by Oscar
Monestir de Pedralbes
Address: Baixada del Monestir 9
  Phone: +34 93 203 92 82
 

Monestir de Pedralbes is a marvellous Gothic church dating back to the 14th Century. Constructed following an order of Queen Elisenda of Montcada, it was the seat of an order of St Claire. As a truly wonderful example of the Catalonian Gothic architecture, it boasts a gathering of impressive stained-glass windows as well as a splendid three-storey cloister which originally preceded the adjacent church.
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Sagrada Familia
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Sagrada Familia, by Marco Vianna
Sagrada Familia
Address: Carrer de Mallorca 401
  Phone: +34 93 207 30 31
  e-mail: [email protected]  
Website: http://www.sagradafamilia.org  

La Sagrada Família, or the Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família, is one of the most famous landmarks of Barcelona. This still unfinished Catholic basilica was designed by the talented Antoni Gaudi. Started as a project for a modest, neo-Gothic church, later it evolved into a most unique example of the Art Nouveau architecture and an artistic combination of a multitude of religious symbols. According to plans, it will be completed in 2026.
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