What to see in Mallorca?
The Cathedral of Mallorca
Our next stop is located in front of the Palace: the Cathedral of Mallorca.
The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma de Mallorca, also called the Cathedral of Mallorca, the Cathedral of the Sea, Cathedral of the Light and the Seo in Mallorcan, is full of anecdotes and curiosities.
One of the most stunning details is its reflection above the seawater, being the only one in the world.
History of the Cathedral
Its construction starts with Jaume I, King of Aragon and earl of Barcelona, after the Christian conquest in 1229.
Jaume I promised to Virgin Mary that if he could conquer the island he would build the most stunning temple to her, for that reason he destroyed the former mosque and built our Cathedral, one of the most beautiful cathedrals in the world.
The construction of the Cathedral took over 300 years, it was finished in 1601.
It has been restored several times, but the Gaudi’s intervention in 1904 and Miquel Barceló’s in 2007 are the most important restorations.
The rose window of the Cathedral
The rose window stands out for its size, it is known as “ the Eye of the Gothic” and it is about 13 meters diameter, the biggest one of all the cathedrals of the Mediterranean area.
It is formed by 1.236 colour glasses and offers some magical effects, for instance, the “Vuit” (the eight): the 2nd February and the 11th November, during the sunrise, the biggest rose window is projected below the other rose window, located on the west façade forming a magical eight.
We could write a thousand lines about the Cathedral, but we prefer to explain more things about this amazing building during our free tour.