Saturday, March 11, 2017

Basílica de Santa Maria del Mar...

Santa Maria del Mar is an imposing church in the Ribera district of Barcelona, Spain, built between 1329 and 1383 at the height of Catalonia's maritime and mercantile preeminence. It is an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that is very unusual in large medieval buildings.

The first mention of a church of Santa Maria by the sea dates from 998.It is of the basilica type, with its three aisles forming a single space with no transepts and no architectural boundary between nave and presbytery. The simple ribbed vault is supported on slender octagonal columns, and abundant daylight streams in through the tall clerestorey windows.




Some interesting stained-glass windows have survived from various periods.The spacing of the columns is the widest of any Gothic church in Europe—about forty-three feet apart, center to center.The church has a serious claim to have the slenderest stone built columns in the world.