Cathedral of the Sea

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Cathedral of the Sea
Author Ildefonso Falcones
Original title La catedral del mar
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Genre historical
Publication date
Pages 672
ISBN 978-84-253-4003-1

Cathedral of the Sea is a historical novel by Spanish author Ildefonso Falcones. The action takes place in 14th century Barcelona at the height of the Inquisition, with the construction of Santa Maria del Mar serving as background to the story.

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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 who obtains freedom and eventually achieves a high status.


The novel has won several literary awards including:

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


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