Cathedral : Michelin's recommendations
Dominating the sea front, the Cathedral, built from Santanyi limestone, changes colour according to the time of day, becoming in turn yellow, golden or pink. This building was constructed on the site of the ancient mosque. Work began early in the 14C and it is one of the most important buildings from the late Gothic period. The main façade, facing west, was rebuilt in the neo-gothic style in the 19C following an earthquake, but retained its 16C Renaissance doorway. On the south side, the Mirador doorway, sheltered under a porch facing the sea, has fine 15C Gothic decoration. Here and there, the statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul show the talents of the sculptor Sagrera, the architect of the Llotja. The interior is surprising for its dimensions and its brightness. Under the central vault, 121m long, 55m wide and 44m high, the nave is separated from the side aisles by 14 slender octagonal pillars. The spartan nature of the decoration accentuates the feeling of space even more. In the Royal Chapel, the size of a church, a wrought iron canopy by Gaudí (1912) is surrounded by Renaissance stalls. The Chapel of the Trinity, in its turn, houses the tombs of the Kings of Majorca, James II and James III. In the Treasury Museum, the Gothic chapter house contains the altarpiece of Saint Eulalia (1335), a work by the Master of Privileges. As for the elliptical baroque chapter room, it preserves, among other things, the reliquary of the True Cross, decorated with precious stones, and two silver baroque embossed candlesticks by Joan Matons.
- Address : pl. del Almoina E - 07001 Palma de Mallorca07001Palma de Mallorca
- Phone : 902022445
- Website : http://www.catedraldemallorca.info
- Prices : 6 € (-10 years old free of charge)
Opening hours :
- Jun-Sep: 10am-6.15pm, Sat 10am-2.15pm; Apr-May and Oct: 10am-5.15pm, Sat 10am-2.15pm; rest of year: 10am-3.15pm, Sat 10am-2.15pm - closed Sun, 1 Jan, Good Fri, 1 May, 15 Aug, 1 Nov, 6, 8 and 25 Dec