The Cathedral of Mallorca.

Something has happened, or is going to happen very soon, or is happening at this very moment. (Only the waves know the secret, only the waves and they proclaim it with their white harps, with their salty, singing swell, making syllables with their emeralds: celestial enigma. The embers of the dawn burn, setting the moorings of emptiness on fire, -flesh of frozen flames, flickering stone-,cathedral that navegates towards another time, towards another sky, towards another strange kingdom. It leans over the water, it remembers: It dreams that exists....

This is how Jos Hierro described the cathedral of Palma de Mallorca. He who walks through Mediterranean cities will recognise some common characteristics, clear skies, the smell of saltpetre, the sea breeze,boats, ports, white curtains, green shutters, pine trees, blue of sea and life. Palma is like this, known as the pearl of the Mediterranean, its cathedral, known as "La Seu" by all the islanders, is perhaps the most distinctive landmark of Palma, built between XIV and XIX centuries,it was honoured with the creative talent of the very same Gaud, who was entrusted with the reconstruction of the interior ,the main altar of Palma cathedral is an authentic work of art.One of the highlights of "La Seu"is the "Porta del Mirador" which opens up a stone wall in the direction of the sea designed by the renowned architect G. Sagrera artifice also of theLonja. Inside the cathedral it is obligatory to visit The Royal Chapel, The Trinity Chapel(where the Kings Jaime II and JaimeIII are buried) and lastly the Cathedral Museum which possesses a large quantity of Barroque works.Palma Cathedral is considered one of the jewels of Gothic Art, it is built in the old ,historical part of the city on top of the old walls, reflecting its southern faade in the tranquil waters of the Bay.

It is said that when King James Is ships were nearing the island a strong storm blew up and as a result the King promised The Virgin Mary to build a temple if he was victorious in his conquest. He kept his promise ,the building began immediately after the conquist of Mallorca although it wasnt concluded until the end of the XVI century as mentioned earlier.The right side of the cathedral is very interesting with graceful pillars and buttresses united by double, flying buttresses.In the centre the "Doorway to the Sea" in Gothic style is preceded by a portico, the Tympanum reliefs show scenes from the Last Supper and of Christ in Majesty. On the left side ,next to the Bell Tower, The Almoina Door opens, also Gothic with beautiful ornamentation. Inside there is a light space with three naves separated by octagonal pillars supporting the vaults. The Rosettes which crown the Apse and chapel are of great beauty. The Sanctuary closes with three chapels in the manner of apses and on the sides there are eight chapels in each one. As mentioned before The Royal Chapel deserves a special mention owing to the choir benches in Plateresque style, the dais in wrought iron, characteristic of "La Seu"on the Main Altar, incorporating also an enormous lamp designed by Gaudi, the Bishops armchair made from Carrara marble made in XIII century, and the Royal Tombs carved by Federico Mars, aswell as the organ , all these are the key references to "La Seu" of Palma.

Palma cathedral is a clear example of late Catalan Gothic, in a privileged place of the city, on a promontory overlooking the sea, it is framed in a typical Mediterranean scene. The whole building is 6,000 sq. metres, distributed between the three naves. Each one of them is separated by tall, light columns, which contribute to the fact that Palma Cathedral is the second highest, gothic cathedral in Europe.

Between 2001 and 2006, the artist Miquel Barcel made an important refurbished in the Chapel of Holy Sacrament in the right part of the cathedral. In this chapel is represented the scene of the multiply of bread and fish, Can Wedding with a marine atmosphere to join the sanctuary located there.

The greatest landmark of the city of Palma, the Cathedral, is intimately linked to its condition of an island. Its priviledged situation within the Mediterranean made it one of the favourites for the peoples that ploughed this sea, from the Romans, Christians and Muslims, all of them impregnated their customs on this city and influenced Palma in different ways. Following the conquest of James I there was a complete turnabout, from then on, nearly all the streets of the present historical part of the city were designed and the most representative buildings were constructed,the next urban process took place in the XIX century when the city walls were demolished. The islands prosperity continued to rise due to the great influence of visitors, but despite the multiple changes, the diverse functions that the island has been through etc....the cathedral remains, the dominant point for whoever arrives by boat, plane or who walks through the city. The cathedral is the key to the splendour and the power of the Mediterranean reflected in the sea which has been cradling it for centuries.

Photos :

Jose Miguel Gil Corb Picasa

Carmen Flor de Loto

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