Travel & Tourism

Rising Out of the Sea - Palma Cathedral

La Seu Cathedral, Palma
La Seu Cathedral, Palma
Credit: VagabondQuest / CC BY 3.0

As it rises out of the sea like a revelation, the ecclesiastical Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma gazes proudly at the cityscape of Palma. Built atop an Arab mosque, the Gothic influenced architecture of the Palma Cathedral was first initiated by King James I in 1230. However, the soaring height of the naves was achieved finality only three hundred years later in 1601. The ongoing historic preservation of the structure witnesses small renovations from time to time.

The construction of Palma Cathedral comprises of three naves. King James I and King James III are laid to rest in the Trinidad chapel which is also the main nave. To experience the Cathedral's must-see features and highlights, visit the main door and south door or Mirador for their artistic decorations by Guillermo Sagrera. The Mirador is a splendid architectural place, especially its geometrical and vegetal motifs.

Also applaudable are parts of the cathedral designed by famous twentieth-century architect Antoni Gaudi and ceramic mural and stained glass windows by Miquel Barceló.

The Palma Cathedral contains a small museum where the original parts of the cathedral and the Trinity Chapel are on display. Tourists should also take note of the Cathedral tower with nine bells. The largest bell called “N’Eloi”, measures 2 meters in diameter and weighs 4,517 kilograms.

When to Visit:

From Oct 1 - Oct 31
Monday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 5:15 PM
Saturday - 10:00 AM to 2:15 PM

From November 2 to March 31
Monday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 3:15 PM
Saturday - 10:00 AM to 2:15 PM

From April 1 to May 31
Monday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 5:15 PM
Saturday - 10:00 AM to 2:15 PM

From June 1 to September 30
Monday to Friday - 10:00 AM to 6:15 PM
Saturday - 10:00 AM to 2:15 PM

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