Palma Cathedral is the architectural gem of Mallorca’s capital, Palma de Mallorca. The city is home to a medley of historic attractions and medieval sights, and Palma Cathedral is among its most celebrated.
Exploring Palma Cathedral
Palma Cathedral has its origins in the 13th century. Its construction began in 1230 on the orders of King Jaume I (also known as James I), on the site of a former mosque from the time of the Arab conquest of Spain. The cathedral took nearly four centuries to build, before finally opening in the early 1600s. In the 19th century, further work was carried out on Palma Cathedral after an earthquake hit Mallorca. In the 20th century, Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi was also involved in a renovation plan for the church.
Palma Cathedral is situated between Almundaina Palace and the episcopal palace in Palma, and is easily identified by its stark Gothic exterior. Often referred to by locals as ‘Le Seu’, the building’s many peaks and spires are most striking when seen from the sea. Charter a yacht or take a boat trip from the city for a marvellous view of Palma Cathedral from the Mediterranean.
Visiting Mallorca’s sacred attractions
Elsewhere in Palma, Basilica de Sant Francesc attracts visitors to its monolithic sandstone front. Expect a serene welcome inside, complete with lemon and orange trees for a taste of nature within. At over 500m above sea level, the Sanctuary de Sant Salvador near the town of Felanitx is another spectacular sight in Mallorca, while the former monastery at Lluc in the Serra de Tramuntana mountains is reputed to be the island’s most sacred location.