Palma Cathedral

Palma, Spain

Built by the Crown of Aragon on the site of a Moorish-era mosque, Palma cathedral is 121 metres long, 55 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall.

Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but only finished in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.

Light pours in through the rose window - one of the world's largest, 12m across and studded with 1,236 pieces of stained glass. The columns are ringed with wrought-iron candelabra designed by Gaudi.  His most controversial addition is the unfinished Crown of Thorns, fashioned from cardboard and cork and suspended above the altar.  Be sure to walk around to the south front, facing the sea, to look at the Portal del Mirador a 15th-century door by Guillem Sagrera featuring scenes from the Last Supper.



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Plaça de la Seu 5, Palma, Spain
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Founded: 1229
Category: Religious sites in Spain


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User Reviews

Hrvoje Šandula (14 months ago)
Great by day, great by night!
Sergey Kondratiev (14 months ago)
I'm was so impressed to see the city like that, just speechless, so beautiful, full of history, fell of love, definitely come back to see more... ??
K R (14 months ago)
Beautiful architecture, so quite and peaceful during the covid 19.Amazing sea view ?
Alexandra Bagiová (15 months ago)
Pure beauty - historical monument surrounded by grass plains, everything was clean and safe (police officers permanently making walks around). From the stairs next to the Basilica you can have a beautiful sea view with the Palma port. Highly recommended! It is must-go when getting to Palma.
Karen Chappell (16 months ago)
Well worth a visit. I used the hop on hop off bus to get here. This cathedral is one of the most beautiful i have ever seen. Worth going inside. Could easily spend all day here. I spent just under a week in Palma and came back here several times.
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