I am so glad I decided to visit Palma Cathedral – full name La Catedral de Santa María de Palma de Mallorca, generally known as La Seu. This stunning building is as breathtaking inside as it is on the outside. The foundation stone was laid in 1230, but La Seu wasn’t completed until 1601 – and it has undergone much restoration work since then. It is beautifully located in the middle of Palma de Mallorca, right on the seafront, and is widely known as a prime example of the Gothic style – Catalonian Gothic, to be specific.
The interior of the cathedral was refurbished in the early 20th century, an undertaking that exhausted several architects until Antoni Gaudí was approached. He spent 3 years working on the plans and the next 10 working on the project until he suddenly gave up on it overnight (probably due to criticism from the locals). It was therefore his pupil Joan Rubió and Rubió’s colleague Guillem Reynes that completed the work. Among the alterations carried out by Gaudí and his successors, the wrought iron candelabras mounted on each of the many slender columns and the canopy that hangs above the high altar made the deepest impression on me.
I took loads of photos of the cathedral’s interior and I could easily have spent several days exploring this holy site, but as my pictures can’t possibly reflect what it feels like to actually be here, I will only share a few of them. This is just one of those places you have to visit to in order to grasp its scale and magnificence. If you get the chance to visit this gem of ecclesiastical art, please don’t let it pass you by!
I’m so glad I got to visit La Seu – the only disappointing aspect was that I didn’t get to hear any organ or choral music performed there! I am sure the acoustics must be spectacular, and with any luck, I might get a chance to return at some point in the future to attend a mass or concert in this amazing cathedral.