You can find this Basilica, located in the heart of Gothic Quarter, near
the western city access on the medieval’s wall (in front of the Boqueria Market). It is dated from the V century and around
it the suburbs of the Roman city Barcino were formed. The church was constructed in a Romanesque architecture.
Its name “Pi”, meaning Pine Tree in the Catalan language, comes from the large pine forest that used to be here and of which you can still see some exemplars on the square.
In the thirteenth century, the Basilica was completely renovated to accommodate the growing population of
the city and also to follow the new canons of the Gothic architecture. We know that the renovation ended in the year 1300, but it is not known for sure in
which date the works began. During the works Europa, and with that Barcelona, was ravaged by a plague, and this obviously slowed down the renovation.
During one of the worst episodes of the city war, the Succession War, the Basilica of Santa Maria del Pi suffered extensive damage, the most important being the collapse of a dome and the destruction of almost all colored windows. After that, during the rebellion of 1935-36, the Basilica del Pi was burned, along with other important buildings such as the Church of Santa Anna.
On weekends, you can enjoy over 40 artists exhibiting their works in the square, and on the side you will see a traditional market of typical Catalan food.
A tip: the rose window of the main facade of the Basilica is the largest in Catalonia. And the tallest tower that houses the bell has a name: it is called Antonia.