There are many websites that explain Palma Cathedral in great detail but we would like to begin our explanation with two important tips to enhance your enjoyment of your cathedral visit, based on our experience:
- We recommend that you visit Palma Cathedral, Mallorca's top attraction, unhurriedly and with plenty of time, to allow yourself to discover and understand its different architectural works of art in great detail. Your visit should never be an express one because there is a lot to see and learn inside the cathedral. Take your time to discover its chapels, its musuem and its importance not just as a religious monument, but also as an historic and cultural one.
- Between 10:00 and 12:00 there are many people inside Palma Cathedral. Choose to visit later, from 12:30 or 13:00, and we can assure you that you will enjoy your visit considerably more.
The most important monument of Mallorca is, without a doubt, the glorious cathedral in the island's capital, Palma. It is also know as La Seu by the Mallorcan people, and is the Episcopal seat.
Built on the same site that occupied the Great Mosque in times of Arab domination of the Medina Mayurca, the cathedral was erected from the 14th century until the 17th century after the Catalan conquest and at the initiative of the monarch Jaime II; being dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
The three most important characteristics, and which give it uniqueness if we compare it with other cathedrals are: its location right on the edge of the sea, its sense of space in all its interior and the light that comes through its stained glass windows and the main rose window.
The Cathedral is of Catalan Gothic style and at the beginning of the last century, on the initiative of Bishop Pere Joan Campins, there was a reform by the architect Antonio Gaudí, whose baldachin (canopy) stands out on the main altar. To the right of said altar we find a ceramic mural, one of the latest incorporations of the Seu and work of the artist Miguel Barceló representing the feeding of the 5,000.
Lastly, to end an interesting visit, it is highly recommended to visit the museum and the chapterhouses together with the recently restored cloister.