Palma de Mallorca Cathedral (La Seu)

La Seu, the Christian cathedral located in the city of Palma, capital of the island of Mallorca, was built on the site of an old Arab mosque. Construction begun in 1229, just after the Catalan Conquista, during the reign of Jaume I the Conqueror, and it was finished centuries later, in 1601. Initially built in a lovely French Gothic style, the cathedral La Seu has 121 metres in length, is 55 metres wide and 44 metres in height.

The main body of the building is topping a dense mass of pillars and columns, supported in the back side by a powerful buttress, reinforced with a double row of arches. The bell tower, still not finished even today, has a height of 52 metres and is composed of three floors. The façade of La Seu cathedral fell victim to a strong earthquake in 1851 and gets completely rebuilt later, except for the door built in a charming Rennaisance style, miraculously saved from the destructions made by the terrible seism.

The interior of the Cathedral La Seu is extensive, with harmoniously proportioned sizes. In the back side we find the Royal Chapel, whose sizes could be easily compared with an actual church: 25 metres in length and 16 metres in height. The interior columns of La Seu cathedral were decorated by the great Catalan architect Antonio Gaudi in the beginning of the 20th Century, with forged iron chandeliers, wrapped around them like rings. The most controversial addition made by Antonio Gaudi is the crown of thorns made of cork and strengthened paper, suspended right above the altar of La Seu.

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