Santa Maria Cathedral, Palma Majorca

The light bursting through the Gaudi glass makes the 7 Euro approx entry worth it. Take age ID to get a concession. Gaudi was asked to have a hand in the restoration, fifty years after it began in 1901 but argued with the contractors and left a dozen years later. He moved a few things around like the choir stalls, but it is the glass and colours and the way they work with the light that makes the impression. Whilst Palma Majorca is an easy and pleasant place to walk around, the Cathedral is so cheap it is worth looking in. The film shows what is in there but it is the light that fascinated us, much was better seen by the camera than by the naked eye. See the film below.

King James I of Aragon, Count of Barcelona and Lord of Montpellier, began the Levantine Gothic-style cathedral in 1229 but it did not finally completed until 1601. The earliest historical documents relating to the building of the Cathedral date from 1230 when Bishop Pere de Morella consecrated the altar stone of the main altar. Construction of the building that we know today began during the reign of James II and the full history is on the Cathedral’s website.

It is built on the site of a Moorish-era mosque, and fortified Roman city, which lies next to the Royal Palace of La Almudaina (also about 7 euros entry see film). As you walk up the steps from Parc de la Mar with the Mediterranean Sea behind you these two buildings dominate.

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