We cannot imagine a visit to Mallorca without approaching the Cathedral of Palma. This monument declared historical-artistic heritage hides some secrets that we encourage you to discover. But before your trip, we will tell you some of the curiosities of the Cathedral of Mallorca here. Do not miss it!
The Cathedral of Palma, better known as "La Seu", is one of the most admired Gothic temples in the world and a visit to it is essential on any trip to Mallorca, which is why at Hotel Sant Jordi we invite you to spend a few days with us and discover this magnificent work of art that combines simplicity and beauty at its best. Located just 15 minutes by car from our hotel, visiting it you can discover many curiosities of Cathedral of Mallorca after a few days of relaxation in our hotel with swimming pool, restaurant and comfortable rooms where you can enjoy maximum tranquillity.
As you can see, in our charming hotel we are great admirers of La Seu, of which we will discover that construction began almost 800 years ago, in 1229, after the conquest of Mallorca, but its construction did not end until the year 1601.
1. A promise
One of the curiosities of the Cathedral of Mallorca is that it was King Jaume I who decided to erect a great temple dedicated to Santa María, to whom he made a promise when he was saved from a shipwreck on the high seas, and we already know that to the saints when a promise is made to them, it has to be fulfilled!
2. A great architect
If we tell you the name of Antoni Gaudí, surely he sounds familiar to you. Well, one of the curiosities of the Cathedral of Mallorca is that the architect intervened in its restoration in 1904, moving the choir and eliminating the main Gothic altarpiece to make a beautiful baldachin on the main altar, in addition to lighting the church with a large window glass and even design furniture!
3. Gothic art and contemporary art
He was also one of the best-known contemporary Spaniards painters, Miquel Barceló, who intervened between 2001 and 2006 in Capilla del Santísimo, making a spectacular 300-square-metre ceramic mural, inspired by the miracle of the loaves and fishes. You can't stop watching it!
4. The best views of Palma
Do you know that La Seu hides some of the best views of Palma de Mallorca? We know that this is one of the best-hidden curiosities of the Cathedral of Mallorca, but at Hotel Sant Jordi we invite you to visit them in the summer months when they are allowed to visit them from Monday to Saturday through guided tours that allow us to discover some of their hidden corners like the bell tower.
5. The largest rose window in the world
Yes, you have read correctly. One of the curiosities of the Cathedral of Mallorca is that it houses the largest rose window in the world of Gothic cathedrals, with 13 meters in diameter. They don't call it the eye of the goth for no reason!
6. A light show
There are two times in the year in which it is possible to enjoy a unique light phenomenon, one of the most surprising curiosities of the Cathedral of Mallorca, two days (February 2 and November 11) in which the light passes through the largest rose window and its reflection is projected on the wall in front, so that for a short period they reflect on each other, forming a double rose window: one of stained glass and the other of light. Is beautiful.
7. Dong, dong, dong...
Each of the nine bells of the cathedral has its name. This is one of the curiosities of the Cathedral of Mallorca that we know since this is a common tradition in many temples. N’Eloi, Na Bàrbara, Sa Nova… Come and find out their names!
And besides… The biggest bell of them all weighs 4,500 kilos.
9. Visit the museum
You cannot visit the Cathedral of Palma without entering its museum, in the same Plaza de la Seu, where you can discover its collections of painting, sumptuary arts, sculptures, and goldsmithing.
10. Music, please
One of the curiosities of the Cathedral of Mallorca is that before it was finished, it already had an organ, a jewel from 1477 that consists of four keyboards and that sounds wonderful.
Do not miss this gothic treasure, make your book and come visit the Cathedral of Mallorca with us!