Found project: Santa Maria del Mar


    Project : Santa Maria del Mar

    Language variant : Basílica de Santa María del Mar

    Architect : Montagut, Berenguer de

    Completion: 1383

    Locality : Barcelona

    Country : Spain

    Building style : Gothic

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    Description :

    Santa Maria del Mar was begun in 1328, but owing to a fire 51 years later the church was not finished till 1383. It is perhaps the most logically and scientifically planned of the great Catalan buildings, a simplification of, yet an advance upon, the plan of the Barcelona Cathedral.

    It has three aisles but no transepts, the outer walls are brought to the very extremity of the buttresses, and to each bay of the main arcade there are three lateral chapels, making 24 small lateral chapels in all. The apse is seven-sided and has very stilted arches through which the ambulatory and seven radiating chapels are visible, hollowed out between the buttresses in the typically Catalan way.

    The nave is vaulted in square compartments, the aisles in oblong compartments, and as in the cathedral, the vaulting of both nave and aisles springs from the same level: in other words, from octagonal columns 56 feet high. The ribs of the main vault are very stilted, with an interval of 13 feet between the capitals and the true spring.

    Bevan, Bernard: History of Spanish architecture. B. T. Batsford, London 1938, pp. 93–94.


    “An outstanding example of Catalan Gothic, with a purity and unity of style that are very unusual in large medieval buildings.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santa_Maria_del_Mar,_Barcelona (June 17, 2011).

    Ed. Heikki Nikkinen



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