Church of Santa Maria Del Mar in Barcelona

As you make your way down toward the Barcelona Harbor it is easy to find this Church, constructed in the 14th century.  Named Our Lady of the Sea, the church was then closer to the sea than it is today and its neighborhood, as is typical of city harbors, was  home to many lower class people.  Saint Ignatius Loyola is remembered here (see the photo of his statue) because in the early days after his religious conversion he begged for food on the steps to the side of the church where a woman also sat begging on the day Mary and I went to Mass there.100_2534100_2549100_2552100_2535

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