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Catedral de Mallorca

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Catedral de Mallorca

Palma has one of the most formidable cathedrals in the whole Mediterranean area. Even from a distance, the Gothic church, which doesn't have a tower but plenty of remarkable buttresses, makes a striking impression like a stone block in the harbor-filled city's skyline. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, and is popularly known as simply "La Seu."

Only once one is inside does the jaw truly drop. The colorful light of the rose window -- on the east side, the largest Gothic rose window in the world -- falls from dizzying heights into the sandstone nave, creating a mystical atmosphere. The nave reaches 144 feet in height, the aisles 98 feet each -- in all, the cathedral measures around 361 feet in length. The great altar candlesticks of Antonio Gaudí and the somber modern chapel of Mallorcan artist Miquel Barceló to the right of the main altar strike one a little odd.

The cathedral can be visited from 10 o'clock in the morning; thanks to the incidence of light at that time, this is certainly not the worst choice. Admission includes an exhibition of the cathedral treasuries, with man-sized silver monstrances and candlesticks!

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  • wirklich sehenswert
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  • Very pretty
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  • Impressive building with beautiful coloured glass windows.
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  • Eintritt 6 Euro
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    Entrance is for free for Mallorca citizens if you show your id.
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    This cathedral is a beautiful sight in Palma!
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  • Description: According to history King Jaime I ran into a severe storm at sea in 1229. When the storm was at its worst and he was fearing for his life, he prayed to the Virgin Mary and promised to build a magnificent church in her honor if he survived. Like a miracle, he survived and kept his promise. The foundation was built during the 1030s already. During the 13th century the building of Palma's splendid La Seu began, one of Europe's largest and most beautiful cathedrals. "La Seu" is Catalan and means roughly "the splendid ship which has come into port." La Seu was renovated by Antoni Gaudi between 1901-1914 and is a gothic work of art in sandstone. The entire construction comprises more than 6,000 square meters and the ceiling height is 44 meters at its highest point. The clock tower which even today is not finished is 52 meters high and has nine bells. The cathedral is 120 meters long and 58 meters wide and has multi-colored window panes which create fantastic light effects when the morning sun shines through them. Don't miss the ”Puerta del Mar”, on the southern exterior facing the sea. It is a door which was built during the 1500s by, among others, the well-known architect Guillem Sagrera. The Cathedral's treasury is well worth a visit where you will find a wealth of beautiful things - particularly from the baroque period - valuable paintings and two, 250 kilo silver candelabras made by the silversmith Juan Matons. Enter through the museum on Calle Almoina.
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    Well worth seeing!
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    A beautiful neogothic cathedral in Palma!
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    The building incorporates a number of architectural styles from Gothic to Renaissance to Baroque and Classicism. La Seu also served as a mausoleum for the Mallorcan royal family.
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    It's also worth seeing the magnificent collection of church relics and props which can be found in front of the entrance to the nave (meter-high silver candlesticks and framed pieces of heart) as well as the small but very nice arcade in the main area.
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    A truly breathtaking church! The "largest stained-glass rose window in the world" with its diameter of 12.5 meters is not really the greatest, but impressed through its incredibly intense color splendor.
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