The historical drama series, Cathedral of the Sea (La Catedral del Mar), is an absolute masterpiece.
Directed by Jordi Frades, the Spanish historical drama television series is an adaptation of Ildefonso Falcones's novel La catedral del mar and originally aired in 2018.
So what is it all about, and is it worth watching?
What Is Cathedral of the Sea About?
Set in 14th-century Barcelona, the series begins with the wedding of Francesca Esteve (Natalia de Molina) and Bernat Estanyol (Daniel Grao), a modest farmer.
However, their joyous occasion is marred by the unexpected arrival of the Lord of Bella, who uses his feudal powers to brutally assault and rape Francesca.
The story then picks up and follows the life of the infant son Arnau Estanyol (Aitor Luna), who is born after the marriage as he becomes a serf who escapes from his abusive lord and seeks a new life in Barcelona.
Along the way, he becomes involved with the construction of the Santa Maria del Mar Cathedral and finds himself in the midst of a power struggle between the city's ruling classes.
As he rises through the ranks of society, Arnau must confront his dark past and the secrets that have haunted him as the show explores themes of class struggle, social justice, and the power of faith.
Cathedral of the Sea Official Trailer
Is Cathedral of the Sea Worth Watching?
One of the most striking aspects of the series is its attention to historical detail. The production design and cinematography are simply stunning, and transport the viewer back in time to medieval Barcelona.
The grandeur of the cathedral and the bustling streets of the city are captured with such authenticity that it feels like you are living in the 14th century.
The characters are also incredibly well-developed, with Arnau serving as a relatable and sympathetic protagonist. The acting is superb, particularly from the lead actor, Aitor Luna, who delivers a nuanced and emotional performance. The supporting cast is also strong, with each character adding depth and complexity to the story.
The themes of the series are also timely and poignant, particularly its exploration of the struggle for freedom and equality.
The series does not shy away from depicting the harsh realities of life in medieval Barcelona, including the persecution of Jews and the oppression of serfs. However, it also highlights the power of hope, love, and perseverance in the face of adversity.
Overall, Cathedral of the Sea is a must-watch series that combines breathtaking visuals, outstanding performances, and a compelling story that will stay with you long after you finish watching.
It is a powerful reminder of the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of hope. I highly recommend this series to anyone looking for an engaging and thought-provoking historical drama.
Where To Watch Cathedral of the Sea?
For the vast majority of viewers, no matter where you live in the world, Cathedral of the Sea is available to watch on NETFLIX.
Will There Be A Season 2 of Cathedral of the Sea?
While technically, there is no second season of Cathedral of the Sea, there is a sequel tv series called Heirs to the Land.
This is based on the follow-up novel of the same name by Ildefonso Falcones and follows the story of Hugo Llor, who dreams of becoming a ship builder.
Heirs to the Land is also available on Netflix.
Cathedral of the Sea TV Series Cast
Aitor Luna as Arnau Estanyol
Hugo Arbués as Arnau Estanyol (young)
Daniel Grao as Bernat Estanyol
Michelle Jenner as Mar
Silvia Abascal as Elionor
Andrea Duro as Aledis
Pablo Derqui as Joan
Anna Moliner as Margarida Puig (adult)
Lucía Díez as Margarida Puig (young)
Nathalie Poza as Francesca Esteve
Críspulo Cabezas as Genis Puig
Tristán Ulloa as Padre Albert
Ginés García Millán as Grau Puig