Top 10 Churches in Barcelona That You Can't Miss!
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Barcelona Churches

1. Cathedral of Barcelona
4. Basilica of Saint Mary of the Pine
5. The Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
6. Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi
7. Abbey of Montserrat
8. Church of Saint Philip Neri
9. Santa Anna Church
10. Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

With its unique blend of Gothic and Art Nouveau architecture, Barcelona is home to some of the most beautiful churches in the world. Visitors can explore some of the most popular churches in Barcelona
with an effectively planned visit to this city. From the stunning La Sagrada Familia to the lesser-known Santa Maria del Pi, discover the unique history and architecture of these beautiful religious buildings.

Many of the churches in Barcelona were built during the Middle Ages when Barcelona was an important center of Christianity in Spain. The most famous
church in Barcelona is the Gothic cathedral of Santa Maria del Mar, which was built in the 14th century. Another notable church in the city is the Royal Monastery of Saint Mary of Pedralbes as it is home to some of the most important religious relics in Barcelona, such as the Crown of Thorns and the Holy Cross.

Here is the list of best churches in Barcelona:

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01

Cathedral of Barcelona

  • The La Catedral de Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city as it is located in the heart of the city, on the site of an old Roman temple.
  • The current structure was built between the 14th and 15th centuries and is a Gothic-style cathedral.
  • The exterior of the cathedral is covered in intricate carvings and sculptures, and the interior is just as beautiful.

Location
- Pla de la Seu, s/n, 08002

Timings
- Monday to Friday, 8 AM to 12:30 PM and 5:45 PM to 7:30 PM;
on Sundays and Saturdays, it is open from 8:30 AM to 1:45 PM and 5:15 PM to 8 PM.

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02

La Sagrada Familia

  • Located in the heart of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city and is still under construction and is expected to be completed in 2026.
  • Construction on the church began in 1882 but was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War and was not completed until 2010.
  • The church was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can tour the inside of the church and learn about its history and architecture.

Location
- C/ de Mallorca, 401, 08013.

Timings
- 9 am to 6 pm

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03

Royal Monastery of Saint Mary of Pedralbes

  • It was built on the site of a previous chapel erected by Queen Elisenda's father, Berenguer de Montcada, in 1283.
  • In the 18th century, the monastery was reformed by Cistercian monks from Poblet Abbey.

Location
- Baixada del Monestir, 9, 08034.

Timings
- 10 am to 1.30 pm

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04

Basilica of Saint Mary of the Pine

  • The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Pine is one of the most famous cathedral in Barcelona due to its beautiful architecture and stunning stained-glass windows.
  • The church was built in the 14th century on the site of an earlier Romanesque church.
  • The exterior of the church is decorated with gargoyles, pinnacles, and stained-glass windows. It has a nave, two aisles, a transept, and a choir.
  • Visitors can also enjoy views of the city from the Basilica's tower.

Location
- Plaça del Pi, 7, 08002

Timings
- 6 pm -8 pm except 11 am to 1 pm on Sundays. 

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05

The Temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

  • This church was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí and consecrated in 1910.
  • The Templo Expiatorio is one of the most notable examples of Catalan Modernisme architecture. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, making it the famous cathedral in Barcelona for historians. 
  • The church is situated on a hill in the Gràcia district of Barcelona, overlooking the city. The front facade features a large rose window and two bell towers, while the back facade overlooks a garden with fountains.
  • Inside, the church is decorated with stained glass windows and mosaics designed by Gaudí.

Location
- Ctra. de Vallvidrera al Tibidabo, 111, 08035

Timings
- 9 am to 8 pm

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06

Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi

  • The Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi is one of the most famous church in Barcelona, and it is located in the heart of the city, in the Gothic Quarter.
  • The church was built in the 14th century and is a beautiful example of Catalan Gothic architecture.
  • The basilica is known for its large rose window, a Catalan Gothic architecture masterpiece.

Location
- Plaça del Pi, 7, 08002

Timings
- 6 pm to 8 pm

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07

Abbey of Montserrat

  • The Abbey of Montserrat is a Benedictine monastery founded in the 10th century and located on the Montserrat mountain in Catalonia, Spain.
  • It is one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites, particularly for Catholics. It has been a site of worship since the 8th century making it the best church in Barcelona for locals.
  • The abbey houses the Virgin of Montserrat, a black wooden statue of the Virgin Mary that is said to have miraculous powers.

Location
- 08199 Montserrat.

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Church of Saint Philip Neri

  • The church was built in the 18th century and is one of the famous cathedral in Barcelona.
  • The church is named after Saint Philip Neri, who was an Italian saint and founder of the Congregation of the Oratory.
  • The exterior of the church is decorated with many sculptures and statues. The main facade has a statue of Saint Philip Neri, which Josep Maria Jujol created.

Location
- Gothic quarter of Barcelona, Catalonia.

Timings
- 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

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09

Santa Anna Church

  • The church of Santa Anna is located in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona and was built in the 14th century on the site of an old chapel. The original chapel was probably built in the 9th or 10th century.
  • The church has a simple facade with a rose window and a portal. The interior of the church is very simple, with a nave and two aisles. The church has a beautiful altarpiece from the 16th century.
  • It is one of the few remaining Gothic churches in the city and one of the oldest churches in Barcelona.

Location
- C. de Santa Anna, 29, 08002.

Timings
- 8:30 am–7 pm

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Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

  • The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception is one of the most famous churches in Barcelona as this Neo-Gothic church in Barcelona is one of the largest in the city.
  • The basilica is dedicated to the Virgin Mary and is a popular tourist destination, known for its beautiful architecture and stunning views of the city.
  • It has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 2003.
  • The exterior of the church is decorated with intricate sculptures and stained-glass windows, while the interior is adorned with marble columns and a large fresco painting.

Location
- C/ de Roger de Llúria, 70, 08009.

Timings
: 7:30 am–1 pm, 5 pm–9 pm

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People Also Ask About Barcelona

  1. How many churches are there in Barcelona?

    There are around 200 churches in Barcelona, Spain. The most well-known church in Barcelona is probably the Sagrada Familia, but there are many other beautiful churches worth visiting. Some other popular churches in Barcelona include the Gothic Quarter's Santa Maria del Pi, the Basilica of the Holy Family, and St. George's Church.

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  2. What is the best time to visit the church in Barcelona?

    Although Barcelona is home to many churches, the best time to visit the churches in Barcelona is on Sunday. This is when most of the churches hold their services, and the atmosphere is more festive. Even if you're not religious, it's worth checking out one of these beautiful churches while you're in Barcelona.

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  3. What is special about Barcelona?

    Barcelona is a city that has a lot to offer its visitors. The city is home to some of the most famous landmarks in the world, such as the La Rambla and La Sagrada Familia cathedrals. Additionally, Barcelona is known for its cuisine, which includes some of the best dishes in all of Europe. In addition to its culinary treasures, Barcelona is also known for its nightlife and cultural attractions. From its vibrant streets to its stunning architecture, there is something for everyone in Barcelona.

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    We recommend at least 3-4 days to explore Barcelona's main attractions and get a feel for the city's unique atmosphere.
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