Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca: La Seu

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Do you want to know more about Mallorca? Don’t miss what we have to say about La Seu.

La Seu

The Cathedral of Santa María de Palma de Mallorca, also known as the Cathedral of Mallorca, is the main religious building in Mallorca and is named La Seu.

La Seu is a Mediterranean Gothic style temple built on the shores of the Bay of Palma. The temple overlooks the sea on the Renaissance and Roman walls that protected the city. It has the peculiarity of being the only Gothic cathedral with this characteristic.

In 1931 Palma Cathedral was declared a Historical – Artistic Monument

It’s also the Cathedral with the largest rosette of the Gothic world; and is the largest original rosette of all Gothic cathedrals in Europe. It has a diameter of about 13.8 meters and almost 150 m2.

Is located on the central altar, at the top, and not at the feet as usual; also has a large Star of David inscribed on it.

As for the building itself, it’s huge, its vault reaches the height of 44 meters. The building covers about 6,655 m2 and its interior volume is 160,000 m2.

The construction of the Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca was begun in 1229, after the conquest of the Island of Mallorca by the Crown of Aragon.

King Jaime I made the decision to demolish the old mosque of Medina Mayurqa (Arabic name of the city of Palma de Mallorca) to build a huge temple dedicated to Holy Mary.

Until today, the names of its architects are unknown, although there is evidence of several artists that worked in her; both painters and sculptors.

So, if you go to Mallorca, don’t forget to visit La Seu, it will be an experience you won’t forget.

And if you have visited the cathedral before, don´t hesitate to share your experience in the comments below.




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