From la Boqueria to Santa Maria del Pi - 3 minutes walk
• Exiting la Boqueria turn right and walk on the left side of la Rambla
• After about 80 m turn left and continue on Carrer Cardenal Casanas
• After about 70 m Santa Maria del Pi will be on your right
Santa Maria del Pi is one of the most famous buildings of the city. Even though there are claims that a church was standing on this site as early as 413 AD the building we can see now was finished in 1391 (after 72 years of construction). The main facade's impressive 10 m diameter rose window is an often used symbol of Barcelona.
The monumental bell tower houses 6 bells and reaches 54 meters towards the sky. The interior of this building is no less amazing. Although it was heavily damaged due to a fire in 1936 most of it has been restored and is open to visitors. Besides admiring the architecture you can see tombs of saints, jewel collection and even enjoy some concerts here.
Details about visiting the site:
• Opening hours: 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. during weekdays, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on weekends
• Guided tours only with at least 10 participants in English, Catalonian, Spanish and French
• Tours have to be booked 7 days in advance and last 45 minutes
• Accessible for people with reduced mobility
Why worth visiting:
• One of Barcelona's signature churches
• Huge artist market on the square in front of the church
• Frequent choir concerts with excellent acoustics
• Large jewellery collection
The church still fills its original functions and holds masses, baptizes and performs other ceremonies. Being one of the most famous sights in Barcelona it definitely worth a visit. Even without organizing a tour to enter the building you usually see hundreds of artists painting stills of the church on the square in front of it in styles that range from impressionism to Japanese water-painting.