July 27: Santa Maria del Mar
Santa Maria del Mar is an excellent example of the (externally) stout, relatively severe Catalan Gothic style, constructed in the 14th century.
The northern portal: fairly simple, but not without fine ornamentation. The statue in the tympanum must be a more modern addition.
A lovely long array of votive candles.
Just the windows.
The apse vault, with sky pinholes.
Some awesomely vivid glass colors.
Impression of apse windows.
A most glossy of pews.
The dusky organ.
A self-reportedly modern window. I particularly like the trefoils and quatrefoils at the top.
A broader view toward the apse.
Suddenly, an exquisite polychromatic glow.
The rose window.
These strongly remind me of tile patterns.
An evanescent modern vestibule on one of the sides.
Chiaroscuro at the main portal at the south end.
Above the rose window, a whole constellation of pinholes.
The shadow-carved door.
Wow! That's... hypnotizing. This is just across Plaça Santa Maria from the front of the church.
On the exterior of the main portal, there's a gap at the peak of the archivolts! I don't recall noticing that before.
The portal in its full splendor.