Palma walking Tours
THE CATHEDRAL OF MALLORCA
“From outside you will see its armour, but get in and you will see its soul!”
The painter Santiago Rusiñol said it once. He said that there was no other temple that with more simplicity of means had reached such beauty.
It is located above the main mosque of the Muslim city of Madina Mayurqa, and it was built in a gothic style. The king Jaume I promised the main and most beautiful building of the island and all the Mediterranean area to the Virgin Mary.
Thanks to some researches we know that the Cathedral of Mallorca was started around 1240 and it was finished in 1601, it means that the construction took over 300 years! Even though is a non-stop construction and the architectonic style is gothic.
The main and central nave is 43, 30 m. high and 19,30 m. depth (one of the highest central naves of the gothic European cathedrals) and the side naves are 29 m. high and 10 m. depth. The cathedral is a basilica ground plan of three naves and closed by an apse formed by three smaller apses.
The temple is 6,655 square meters surface with capacity for 18.000 people.
Also are remarkable the two main interventions: the Gaudi’s work (1904-1914) and the Holy Eucharist chapel by Miquel Barceló (2007).
THE NAMES OF THE CATHEDRAL OF MALLORCA:
The Cathedral-Basilica of Santa María de Palma de Mallorca receives many names: “Cathedral of the Eucharist“, the sides of its three naves simultaneously create the largest triptych in the world on the Eucharistic mystery. It is the Gothic temple with less stone and more interior space, that’s why the name of “Cathedral of the Space”, but also thanks to the great intervention of Antoni Gaudí (1904-1914), who was called by Bishop Pere Joan Campins to create a cathedral for the town full of light and space. The “Cathedral of Light” because it has 7 rose windows and 83 windows. The “Cathedral of the Sea” thanks to its proximity to the sea until the 1960s and currently thanks to the saltwater lake obtained from the Mediterranean of the Parc de la Mar, the Cathedral is perfectly reflected on its waters.
THE MAIN ROSE WINDOW OF THE CATHEDRAL
La Seu has 7 rose windows and among them is the largest rose window in the entire Mediterranean area, it is called: “the Eye of the Gothic”, it is approximately 13 meters in diameter and has an area of 97.3 m2. It has 1,236 crystals and offers 3 different lighting effects:
The show of the “Vuit” (eight) or “Festival of Light”, where the reflection of the main rose window is projected under the opposite rose window forming an eight. It occurs twice a year: on February 2 and November 11 and brings together more than 2,000 people. This phenomenon takes place between 8 and 9 in the morning.
The summer solstice, on June 21 when the sun goes down, around 8 and 9 in the afternoon, the rose window on the west façade (Main portal) is reflected just below the main rose window on the east façade, in other words, the “Vuit” phenomenon, but in reverse. The winter solstice is the only light effect that can be seen outside the cathedral. On December 20 the two rose windows overlap, that is, the reflection of the main rose window is placed just above the west rose window and from the outside, it gives the impression that there is light inside.
Walking tour Palma - Cathedral and Bellver castle
Have you ever heard about dynasties, dark secrets, betrayals and alliances?
After the famous Christian conquest by the Aragon kingdom during the 13th century, the Independent Kingdom of Mallorca was created and with it an important cultural and heritage legacy that today we can still visiting.
During this private tour, we will show you two of the crown jewels of Palma: the Cathedral of Mallorca and the Bellver castle.
We work with small groups of maximum 15 people.
An exclusive walking tour for you, your family, friends and/or couple.
All our official guides are from Mallorca.
Whenever , wherever and how you want.
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