The cathedral, colossus of Palma

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The cathedral, colossus of Palma

Nicknamed "La Seu", the gigantic cathedral of Santa María is taller than the Cologne cathedral. It took almost four centuries to build.

Above the medieval fortifications, the colossal Cathedral of Santa María dominates the whole Palma de Mallorca bay. In pure Catalan Gothic style, the roof is practically flat and the vaulted height - 44 metres -, made even more impressive by its reduced length - 121 metres long by 55 wide – is vertiginous. Construction started in 1229 on decision of the King of Aragon to replace the great mosque of Madina Mayurqa. James I the Conqueror had taken over the Balearic Islands from the Muslims. It was consecrated 117 years later. It took 255 years to erect its 160,000 square metres of interior space. The famous master-builder and Mallorca artist, Guillem Sagrera, who conceived the Cathedral of Perpignan, Castel Nuovo of Naples and the Lodge of Palma, completed the building in the middle of the 15th century. The cathedral was restored at the beginning of the 20th century by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí.

Catedral de Santa María de Palma de Mallorca
Plaça de la Seu
07001 Palma de Mallorca

+34 902 02 24 45

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