I took this image inside the Santa Maria del Mar, an imposing church in the Ribera district of Barcelona. I hadn’t planned to visit, but when I found myself very near the church with my camera, I decided to go inside and photograph it. It is an impressive building; you cannot realize how huge it is until you are inside.
Built between 1329 and 1383, at the height of Catalonia’s maritime and mercantile preeminence, it’s an outstanding example of Catalan Gothic. The architects in charge were Berenguer de Montagut and Ramon Despuig.
The church is also known due to the historical novel “The Cathedral of the Sea,” written by Ildelfonso Falcones. The story takes place in the 14th century Barcelona at the height of the Inquisition, with the construction of Santa Maria del Mar serving as background to the story.