LA SEU – PALMA’S CATHEDRAL
Visiting Palma’s cathedral
This amazing cathedral measures 135 meters in length and is 44 meters tall, which makes among the biggest Gothic cathedrals in the world.
Sa Seu was built between 1229 and 1601, the works started immediately after the Catalan conquest. It is built on top of the former mosque that used to be here during the dominance of the Moors (902-1229).
In front of the cathedral, you will find a park with a lake called ‘Parc de la Mar’ (Park of the Sea). This was planned in a such way, that lights from the sun and moonlight, would reflect directly on the walls of the cathedral making it visible from far out.
Looking at this beauty from the outside, see the doors, they are made by Mallorcan architect Guillem Segrerà, who was also the man behind the beautiful old market building in Palma, La Llotja.
Inside this massive and almost overwhelming construction, notice the light coming through the rose window made from more than 1200 pieces of glass, lightening up the cathedral in hundreds of colourful nuances. Two times a year, on February 2nd and November 11, a big event happens in Sa Seu called ‘Light of God’. Light of God, is a phenomenon created when the sun beams enters through the massive rose window, creating a reflection on the opposite end wall just under the corresponding rose window, making it look like the number “8”.
The number 8, has a biblical value as it is believed that this number is the number of eternity. The number has more meanings and values in the Christian faith, which is why the massive columns inside the cathedral are made octangular like the baptistery.
During the beginning of the 20th century, Catalan architect Antoní Gaudi, was given the honour of restoring several parts of the interior of Sa Seu. Unfortunately, Gaudí died before finishing the job, but the beautiful iron candelabras and his unfinished “Crown of Thorns” are still to find inside the cathedral.
Behind the main church and cathedral, you enter the convent belonging to Sa Seu. Here, you can enjoy the harmonic atmosphere as you stroll around in the cloister admiring the impressive cathedral and convent tower rising high above you.
The Sa Seu cathedral, is perhaps the most remarkable construction in the Mediterranean district, and a must-see attraction in Mallorca!
How to get to La Seu
Palma's other main tourist attractions
PALAU DE L’ALMUDAINA
The Almudaina palace is the most historical building in all of Mallorca. It was originally built as the seat of the governor back in Moorish times and has ever since been a place of royal affairs. The Almudaina palace is an interesting attraction with a lot of history to tell.
CASTELL DE BELLVER
The Bellver castle is the crown of Palma. This unique round shaped fortress overlooks the entire bay of Palma from its hilltop position, which itself makes it attractive to visit. There is a lot of interesting things to this medieval fortress and, the historical museum of Palma is also found here.
Santa Eulàlia is the parish church of Palma and, was actually one of the four first churches established in the city post the Catalan conquest in the 13th century. Enjoy the amazing detailed artwork that adorns the exterior before entering the church where a world of religious arts awaits.
Enter this grandiose mansion in the heart of Palma full of detailed architecture evidencing the wealth of the families that have lived here. Casal Solleric is a free to enter public exhibition space, the rooms beautifully combines original furniture and contemporary arts, making it a dynamic and interesting place to visit.
Palma Aquarium is an attraction for the entire family to enjoy. The aquarium houses the largest shark tank in Europe, and you can even swim with the sharks if you have a PADI license, or sail in a little boat on top of the tank. There are many fun and interesting activities to do in Palma Aquarium, along with numerous event throughout the day, making it a dynamic and entertaining visit for all ages.
FERROCARRIL DE SÓLLER
Get on board on this antique train departing from Placa Espanya, and wait for the whistle to blow and the engine to start pulling the old wooden cars out of Palma and towards the beautiful mountains to reach the picturesque town of Sóller.
REIAL CONVENT DE SANT FRANCESC
Visit one of Palma’s most historical convents, the Sant Francesc located in the old city. Inside, you can enjoy some of the most unique Gothic architecture, a heavenly courtyard surrounded by a beautiful cloister, and, the tomb of one of the most famous Mallorcans, Ramon Llull.