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115 reviews of Palma Cathedral

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The cathedral of the sea

Everything in the Cathedral of Palma is immense. They say that the gothic rose window is the biggest in the world and it wouldn’t surprise me if it were true, as it’s almost impossible to get the whole façade in a picture, even with a wide angle lens. It has a special location, on top of the walls of ancient Palma, right in the historic quarters of the city.

If we go at about 12 in the afternoon we can see how the sun passes through the rose window and how the light decomposes into hundreds of colors that beautifully light up the cathedral. It was declared a historic monument in 1931. Construction on the cathedral began in 1229, but it wasn’t finished until 1601.

In addition to its historic and religious relevance, since 2007 Saint Peter’s chapel was decorated by the artists Miquel Barceló. It’s a work of art that has as many detractors as supporters, but it’s worth seeing and making up your mind. Barceló tried to capture the miracle of the bread and the fish in clay, with cracks like it were in a cave, not a chapel.
Carlos Olmo
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Historic/artistic monument

It’s well worth the trip to visit the cathedral, as it was awarded the status of historic/artistic monument in 1931. You’ll be surprised by the interior upon entering, as it’s full of detail. If we look up we’ll be delighted with what we see – incredible stained glass windows on both sides. There are several big rose windows giving off a full variety of happy colors. The main rose window is known for its large size and the silhouette the shines through, the star of David made of 24 triangles. The height of the columns is also surprising, strangely narrow and stylized. Their responsible for distributing space throughout the cathedral, creating separating the chapels between them.

Talking about the chapels, I’d like to highlight two in particular. First and foremost, the Royal Chapel or the Trinity Chapel, where the remains of kings Jaime II and Jaime III lie. We can see the main altar and the images of several saints, like Saint John Evangelist or Saint Eulalia. It’s important to mention that this chapel has a canopy that was the work of the famous Antoni Gaudí, where you can see Saint Mary and Saint John along with Jesus being crucified. But Gaudí didn’t just leave his modernist touches here, he also was in charge of renovating other areas of the cathedral during ten years, from 1904 to 1914. The canopy dates back to 1912.

The second chapel I’d like to highlight also has to do with reformations being made, although this one is much more modern. The Chapel of Saint Peter, inaugurated in 2007, was created by Miquel Barceló. The artist tried to depict the miracle of the bread and fish through a ceramic mural.
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Palma Cathedral Phone Number
+34 971723130
+34 971723130
Palma Cathedral Address
Plaça de l'Almudaina
Plaça de l'Almudaina
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