CHURCH OF SANT JAUME
Visit the former parish church of Sant Jaume in Palma
Just west of the central square of Palma, Placa Major, you will find this amazing old Gothic church.
The church of Sant Jaume is, along with the churches of Santa Eulàlia, Santa Creu and Sant Miquel, one of the oldest churches in Palma.
The church is dedicated to Jaume I (James I the conqueror), who conquered Mallorca from the Moors in 1229.
Architecture of the church
The church is built as a typical Catholic basilica, with a single nave and lateral side chapels.
In 1776, the sculptor Miquel Tomàs did some major renovation works of the main entrance. From this, you can see the beautiful ornamentation and the bust of Saint James.
There has never been done any reconstructions of the church, and it preserves its original shape and Gothic style, both inside and on the outside.
Inside, only the chapel of the tabernacle, is in Baroque style dating from the 17th century. In this chapel, you will also find the tomb of the Cotoner family, great masters of the order of Malta.
Special interest of the church
1. The canvasses made by Miquel Pons, in the chapel of the Christ.
2. The altarpiece of Saint Cajetan, founder of the order ‘Theatines’.
How to get to the church of Sant Jaume
Palma is the capital of Mallorca and seat of the Balearic government. Palma was founded during the occupation of the Roman empire, about 123 BC, and later developed by the Moors and Catalans. Palma has several times been awarded best place in the world to live; it is a city of great diversity, cultural heritage and commercial activity, making it an attractive city to a broad audience. Palma is one of the best places in Spain to go shopping, all the new arrivals from other Mediterranean capitals arrive here before other places in the world, plus, there are hundreds of local specialty boutiques.
The rich history of Palma has left an incredible amount of landmarks and points of interest to discover i.e. the Arabian baths, the cathedral, the Bellver castle, the Almudaina palace etc., as well as hundreds of other unique constructions perfect for sightseeing in the city.