In the Ribera neighborhood, between alleyways and terraces that barely show up, the beautiful facade rises the Basilica of Santa María del Mar.
Already at the beginning of the fourth century, a Christian necropolis was built under the foundations of the current church of Santa María del Mar the remains of Santa Eulàlia, former patron of the city. This barely thirteen-year-old girl seemed to have guts and one day she stood in front of the Roman governor with the aim of calming her anger against the incipient group of Christians that began to spread within the walls of the then Barcino. The punishment for such audacity according to legend was truly ruthless and apart from earning the title of patron of the city also took the name of the street Baixada of Santa Eulàlia in the Gothic, remembering how the Romans put it in a barrel full of broken glass and threw it down the same place.
Everyone knows that Santa Merçè is the patron saint of Barcelona but it has not always been that way. Santa Eulália, the great forgotten was the patron saint of the city from Roman times when Christians were persecuted until the eighteenth century when a locust plague struck the lands and the premises were entrusted to Santa Merçè and miraculously the plague remitted.
Portal of Santa María del Mar