Thursday, October 15, 2015

La catedral del mar (Cathedral of the Sea)

"El mar no sabe nada del pasado.  Ahí está.  Nunca nos pedirá explicaciones.  Las estrellas, la luna, ahí están y siguen iluminándonos, brillan para nosotros"  Ildefonso Falcones, La Catedral del mar

 La catedral del mar

A magical thing that I love about books is the way they can take you to different locations of the world through words.  Because of books I fall in love with a place without haven't been there, that place is Santa María del Mar. 

La catedral del mar (Cathedral of the sea) is a book written by Ildefonso Falcones.  It is an historical novel that take place in Barcelona in the 13 and 14th century.  Through the book we live the life of Arnau Estanyol and on a parallel story we became witnesses of the construction of Santa María del Mar. 

Santa María del Mar is a basílica located in a neighborhood know as La Ribera (the seashore) in Barcelona.  It was built from March 1329 to August 1384. When the it was built, La Ribera was a humble neighborhood inhabit mainly by fishermen.  This church distinguish form others because it was build only by donations.  

The church was mainly build by people who devoutly donated their time and hardwork.  They were called "bastaixos".  During the construction, they spent one day a week carrying stones in their backs from the royal quarry located in Montjuic.    Today, it is the only surviving church in the pure Catalan gothic style. 

I love when my passions converge in a once in a life time experience.

Santa María del Mar. Barcerlona

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Santa María del Mar. Barcerlona

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