See one of Europe’s most impressive Gothic buildings with a visit to Palma Cathedral. Found in the Majorcan capital, the cathedral proudly overlooks the city and the sea, making it one of the island’s most popular sights.
Arriving at the Cathedral, known as La Seu by the locals, you’ll be greeted by a magnificent medieval building with both Renaissance and neo-Gothic architecture. Look around the outside of the cathedral, and snap plenty of photos along the way. As you take in the scale of the cathedral, you won’t be too surprised to learn that construction took around 400 years.
Stepping through the side door entrance, you’ll pass through a small museum before entering into the main part of the cathedral. As you look down the nave, you’ll see the building’s gravity-defying ceilings, tall sandstone pillars and colourful stained glass windows. The rose window in front of you is one of the largest of its kind in the world, made with 1,236 pieces of glass.
As you walk through the cathedral, look out for interior design work by famous architect Antoni Gaudí. In 1909 he added the Crown of Thorns above the altar, constructed with cardboard and cork. From the nave, continue on to the south front to see the Portal del Mirador, a door depicting the Last Supper that dates back to the 15th century.
Before leaving, make sure you pay a visit to the Royal Chapel to see the tombs of Kings James II and James III. Palma Cathedral is open from Monday to Saturday during the summer months, and closed on weekends during the winter.