The cathedral of Palma, Sa Seu, is the biggest sight and attraction in Palma, and a trademark of the entire island.
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 main mosque of Palma, 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!