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Santa Maria del Pi Basilica museum and bell tower roof visit

14th century Gothic Basilica offering extended tourist visits to crypt museum space, garden, exhibition room, treasures room and bell tower roof tour.

Updated: Feb 10, 2024 by: Barcelona Travel Hacks Views: 1.1k

About Santa Maria del Pi Basilica museum and bell tower roof visit

Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi can be found in Plaça del Pi and Plaça Sant Josep Oriol and the location has had a church from as early as the 5th century. The current church was built between 1319 and 1391 in the Catalan Gothic style.

Basilica de Santa Maria del Pi has a single nave, with side chapels between the buttresses. The cross-vaulted ceiling (one of the highest in the country) allows for the largest rose window in Catalunya. The current rose window, made by Josep Maria Jujol i Gibert (B.1879 - D.1949), a collaborator with Gaudí, is an exact copy of the 14th century original. The original Rose window was destroyed during the Spanish Civil war (1936 to 1939).

The basilica contains four original stained-glass windows created by Josep Ravella (B.1673 - D.1751), one of the finest stained-glass artists of the Catalan baroque period.

It is said that a pine forest once stood on this site within Barcelona's Gothic Quarter. A lone pine tree still stands in plaza del Pi in front of the basilica. At the side of the church, the Ave Maria doorway features some Romanesque elements of the previous church.

The church of Santa Maria del Pi houses the remains of many members of Barcelona's nobility and the remains of Sant Josep Oriol, who was a priest at this basilica.

For a complete list of other notable cathedrals, basilicas, churches, temples and monasteries in Barcelona visit the Sacred Architecture Page.