Cathedral of the Sea (Spanish: La catedral del mar) is a 2006 historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones. The action takes place in 14th century Barcelona at the height of the city's trade and military power in the Mediterranean, during the construction of Santa Maria del Mar serving as background to the story.

Cathedral of the Sea
First edition
AuthorIldefonso Falcones
Original titleLa catedral del mar
Publication date
Publication placeSpain

In 2018, a high-budget drama series adaptation by Atresmedia was broadcast in Antena 3 from 23 May 2018 to 18 July 2018.[1] Netflix released the series worldwide in 1 September 2018.[2][3][4]

Plot summary

One of the porters, known as bastaixos, who contributed to the construction of the church by carrying stones

The book is set in Barcelona and its main character is Arnau Estanyol, the son of a fugitive serf and one of the cathedral's stone workers,[5] who obtains freedom and eventually achieves a high status in society.



The novel has won several literary awards including:

  • Euskadi de Plata 2006 (Spain)
  • The Qué Leer Award (Spain)
  • Giovanni Boccaccio Award 2007 (Italy)


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  3. ^ Gleave, Bethany (3 September 2018). "Game of Thrones Fans Will Love Netflix's Latest Series". Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  4. ^ Mitchelhill-Miller, Hayley (4 September 2018). "Netflix's New Series Is Being Called The NEXT Game of Thrones". Retrieved 29 October 2018.
  5. ^ Askham, Gemma. "20 Best Things to Do in Barcelona". Condé Nast Traveler. Retrieved 14 May 2018.