Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca
Palma Cathedral, a Gothic style temple dating from the 13th century.
Palma Cathedral is the most significant religious building in Mallorca. It is of Levantine Gothic style temple. This impressive edifice and is situated so that the sea routes to and from the island might be better observed through the ages past. Palma Cathedral is located along the Roman walls that once protected the city.
The Roman Catholic Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma is more commonly referred to as La Seu. This expression transfers and translates to many other churches just as does the term Dom used to denote a cathedral in much of mainland Europe
The approaches and interior to Palma Cathedral are exceptionally beautiful. Located on the promenade of Palma de Mallorca it enjoys easy access. Situated in such a lovely location its immediate surroundings are composed of very lovely gardens. There are other iconic edifices such as the Royal Palace of the Almudaina.
The Palma Cathedral setting was on the edge of the coast and is bathed by the adjacent spectacular lake. During the night the illuminated edifice offers breathtaking views which cannot help but to captive the eye and heart. It is difficult to miss, a crime to do so.
It is said that there are few locations on earth that match its beauty, especially during the hours of darkness when it is so imaginatively and tastefully illuminated. During the summer, the Cathedral of Santa Maria is home to a number of civic and private events. These include concerts and often it is backdrop for movie and television settings.
The Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca is rectangular. It has two parallel chapels in the header and the side chapels are placed between the buttresses. The cathedral boasts the largest rosette in the Gothic world. This is known as the Gothic eye. Impressive, it has a diameter of 13,8m. The ‘eye’ measures 121 meters in length. It is 55 meters wide and it has a 44 meter interior height.
Construction by King James l began in 1229. This occurred after the island of Mayurqa, now Mallorca, was conquered. It was finally completed nearly 400 years later in 1601. The Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca was built on the site of the Arabic mosque Medina Mayurqa. In one of the side apses, a large ceramic mural created by the celebrated artist, Miquel Barcelo, is to be wondered at. This is a truly fine work of art.
How to arrive:
The access to the cathedral is very simple since it is located in front of the sea on the seafront of Palma, there is an underground parking in front of the cathedral.