Le Seu Cathedral, Palma de Mallorca

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2014

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    Started in 1230 and finished in 1601 it's a Gothic church, with the large size usual in that style, dominating most views in downtown Palma.

    Damaged by an earthquake in the 19th century, the reconstruction of the facade introduced mixed styles in some of its elements.

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    La Seu Cathedral

    by gabriellefox Written Apr 28, 2013

    Hard to miss this attraction and has to be on the 'to-do' list of any visitor to Palma. Coming from the airport you get your first view of the Cathedral dominating the city skyline. The outside is fantastic; but take time to check out the interior.

    The entrance fee is 6 Euro. “Le Seu”, also referred to as the Cathedral of Palma, is a Roman Catholic Cathedral in Palma de Mallorca, Spain and was built on the place of an existing mosque back in the Arab occupation. It was constructed in the French-Gothic style and was finished in 1601.

    When going in from the Puerto L’Almoina, the vaulted arch seen above the door is heavily decorated carvings with columns and statuary, all in amazing detail.

    Gaudi raised the canopy as a chandelier designed to look like “The Crown of Thorns”, which is hanged over the altar. The Cathedral is remarkable for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is the work of this amazing Spanish architect.

    Both the cathedral La Seu and the Palau de l'Almudaina (Royal Palace) are on the harbor and worth a visit, as are the nearby ancient Moorish baths (Banys Arabs).

    “Le Seu” is open Monday – Friday 10:00am to 5:30pm; Saturday 10:00am to 1:30pm.

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    Palma Cathedral

    by Britannia2 Written Oct 29, 2012

    The Cathedral is a magnicant Catholic gothic cathedral - it is 121 metres long and 55 metres wide and is a mix of Catalan gothic and northern European in design. It was started in 1229 and finally finished in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.--When looked at from sea it looks stunning.

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    La Seu Cathderal

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 1, 2011

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    Monuments to the Christian theme began shortly after they kicked out the Muslims. La Seu was built over a previous mosque, and construction started in 1229. It was a gradual evolution, however, in that small changes took place over the years, while the image of a mosque prevailed for a long time while operating as a Christian church. It did not get completed until 1601 in final dedication ceremony. The church is about 360 feet long and 150 feet wide. The nave has a height of 130 feet. Total are inside is around 70,000 square feet.The inside has three main aisles and separated into 24 vaulted sections. An apse was constructed in the 1300's, and it has many crypts today of martyrs and reverent persons tied to history of the church. Many designs took place, and changed over the centuries, and what was originally to be a Renaissance style ended up also being Gothic and even more modern day 19th century for some areas. Antonio Gaudi was contracted in 1904 to upgrade the cathedral and recreate a design. He spent 10 years doing so, and working on changes, but abruptly quit 10 years later over disputes with the the leaders and citizenry. Ironically the church work still has not been totally completed per the plans, as they kept changing.
    Located in the middle of old town, it is on Capiscolato. Entry fee is 4 Euro and open times generally 10-4 Monday-SAturday

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    La Seu Cathedral Inside

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 1, 2011

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    The huge expansive inside is nearly overwhelming, and many nooks and crannies to see. The more renowned is the rose stained glass window, which is the largest in size in the world. On the right time of day, the light shines through to illuminate much of the inside with color.

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    Le Seu Cathedral ~ Crowning Glory of Palma

    by starship Updated May 9, 2011

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    Perched on a hill rising above the Bahia de Palma, the gold limestone structure of "Le Seu", Palma's Cathedral, may be considered the crowning glory of of this sun-drenched city. This imposing edifice offered me the top photo op in town. The Gothic-inspired cathedral's foundation stone was laid in 1230, and work continued on the magnificent church for 400 years. The stone foundation was laid on the site of what used to be the city's main mosque, and this symbolic gesture followed the expulsion of the Arabics who formerly ruled the island.

    When entering from the Puerto L'Almoina, the vaulted arch seen above the door is heavily decorated carvings with columns, statuary, and symbology all in exquisite detail. (See photo no. 2)

    The Cathedral is notable for several reasons, not the least of which is the work of venerated Spanish architect, Antoni Gaudi. In 1904, Gaudi created the canopy as a chandelier fashioned to look like "The Crown of Thorns", which is suspended above the main altar. Over the Royal Chapel is a 14th century Rose window which is said to be one of the world's largest Gothic Church windows. (See accompanying photo no. 3 - postcard).

    Le Seu's Bell Tower holds no less than 9 bells, including one which is considered famous -- "N'Eloi", 2 m. in diameter and weighs 5,700 kg.

    Also, Le Seu is the resting place of of Kings Jaime II and Jaime III; several bishops are interred here as well, including Gil Sanchez Munoz, a former Bishop of Palma whose last wish was that his hat be hung over his tomb ~ the hat remains there today.

    Le Seu is open Monday - Friday 10:00am to 5:30pm; Saturday 10:00am to 1:30pm

    Spires of Le Seu Cathedral Arched entrance at Placa Almoina ! What detail!! Crown of Thorns by Gaudi / rose windows
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    Le Seu Cathedral

    by Santini738 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    La Seu is a Roman Catholic Cathedral located in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, was built on the site of an existing Arab mosque. The Cathedral is 121 metres long and 55 metres wide. The Cathedral, designed in the French Gothic style, was finished in 1601.

    Fifty years after a restoration of the Cathedral had started, Antoni Gaudí was invited in 1901 to take over the project. While some of his ideas were adopted - moving the choir stalls from the middle nave to be closer to the altar, as well as a large canopy - Gaudí abandoned his work in 1914 after an argument with the contractor. The project was cancelled soon after.

    Almudaina Palace is near to La Seu Cathedral. This was the Muslim palace of the Banu Ganiya, at the edge of the port. The building was converted into a palace at the beginning of the 14th century.

    "" Fee for the Cathedral is 4 Euro ""

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    Catedral (Cathedral) (5/6)

    by Redang Written Nov 26, 2009

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    Chapels

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    - Main: hapel of the Corpus Christi, by Jaume Blanuer (1626-1642)
    - Second: Chael of Saint Joseph, by Guillem Galmés/Pere Llorenç (1885-1888)
    - Third, fourt and fifth: Chapel of the Holy Sacrament (formerly of Saint Peter), by Miquel Barceló (2007

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    Catedral (Cathedral) (1/6)

    by Redang Updated Nov 26, 2009

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    The gothic style Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca was built over the city walls of Palma de Mallorca’s old town., and the construction began during the reign of Jaime II (14th-16th centuries.

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    Palma Cathedral

    by rcsparty Updated Jul 14, 2008

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    The construction of the cathedral started in 1230 by Jaime I, and was built over an Arab Mosque. Construction continued until the early 1600's. In 1851 it was damaged by an earthquake, and in 1901 Gaudi was brought in by Bishop Campins to oversee the restoration. Unfortunately, he left the project after 10 years following a disagreement, but still left his impressions throughout the cathedral. It is the resting place of both Jaime II and Jaime III. The cathedral is very impressive looking from the waterfront, but was somewhat disappointing from the inside. We enjoyed walking the surrounding area, much more then touring the cathedral.

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    Palma Cathedral

    by rcsparty Updated Jun 7, 2008

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    After seeing many cathedrals throughout Europe, the Palma cathedral is about what you would expect. The best part of our tour to the cathedral for me, was the surrounding area. It wasn't just a congested pedestrian area, there was some nice, quiet back alleys that were quite enjoyable to walk around. There were also numerous fountains to sit and relax near. Having it to do over, I would skip the cathedral and just enjoy the surrounding area.

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    La Seu

    by MikeAtSea Written May 12, 2008

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    La Seu is the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca. The cathedral was built on the site of an existing Arab mosque. The Cathedral is 121 metres long, 55 metres wide and 44 meters of nave height. The Cathedral, designed in spanish levantino Gothic or southern French Gothic style, was founded by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but finished only in 1601.
    Fifty years after a restoration of the Cathedral had started, Antoni Gaudí was invited in 1901 to take over the project. While some of his ideas were adopted - moving the choir stalls from the middle nave to be closer to the altar, as well as a large canopy - Gaudí abandoned his work in 1914 after an argument with the contractor.

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    Palma Cathedral - Interior

    by pugwashman Updated May 2, 2007

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    The interior of Palma Cathedral is definitely worth seeing. It costs 3.5 Euros to get in.
    The main attractions for me were the massive rose windows at either end.
    When we were there the sun was streaming through them and the pews were lit up in a kaleidoscope of different colours.
    There are lots of different sections to see, and many sections have been designed by different architects such as Gaudi who re-designed the nave.

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  • Cathedral by the Sea

    by dwjohnsonla Updated May 30, 2006

    The Cathedral of Palma de Mallorca is one of the ten largest cathedrals in the world. It is also the only major cathedral which faces the sea. In addition, it has been renovated by the renowned Spanish architect Gaudi. Next to the cathedral is the Arab palace which now serves as a summer capital of Spain. All of this in combination makes for what may be one of the fairest sights on earth.

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    Sa Seu - Palma Cathedral

    by pugwashman Written Jul 18, 2005

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    This will probably be top of any tourist's to-do list anyway, but if it isn't put it there.
    Not only is the cathedral well worth seeing, but it's got a wonderful position in amongst the old town, yet looking out over the harbour and on to the open sea.
    Take time to stroll right the way around the outside.
    The main facade is stunning, but it is a bit of a shame that you can't really get far enough back to take it all in.
    It also looks nice at night when it's all lit up, and dominates the Palma skyline from most vantage points.

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