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Palma the Cathedral of Santa Maria (La seu)

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La seu (La Seu) – as the locals referred to as Mallorca Cathedral Santa Maria Cathedral (Catedral de Santa Maria de Palma de Mallorca) . The current Cathedral is the Episcopal Church of Palma de Mallorca . This huge Gothic Church located in the southern part of Palm trees near the coast, often used by tourists as a landmark in the city. The two main tall towers of the facade are visible from afar. Between the towers is a large but graceful statue of the virgin Mary. Considering the building of the Cathedral among the statues and bas-reliefs you can find a lot of interesting and mysterious characters.

In 1931 the Cathedral of Santa Maria was declared a historical-artistic monument. This is one of the largest sites of Gothic architecture in southern Europe and the most famous landmark of Mallorca .

The history of the Cathedral begins in the distant XIII century. The king of Aragon James I the Conqueror during his military campaign was caught in a violent storm at sea. The storm was so severe that the king, frightened, began to pray to the virgin Mary for salvation. Jaime swore that if you live and conquer the island, build a big Church in honour of the virgin Mary. The storm spared the ships Jaime, and after the conquest the king ordered to rebuild the old mosque in the Church.

The Cathedral was periodically rebuilt and reconstructed up to the XX century. And in the early twentieth century to the history of the Cathedral had a hand himself, Antoni gaudí .

The great architect has internal decoration of the Cathedral and lighting systems. The locals joke that gaudí trained at La seu before you take on the Sagrada Familia (La Sagrada Familia) in Barcelona .

One of the “rework” of Gaudi . which can be seen in the Cathedral, is a quaint bulky iron canopy over the altar. The lights on the canopy are lit only during services.

Inside the Cathedral attract the attention of a huge ancient stained glass Windows.

The window rose with a picture of a star of David in the Cathedral is considered one of the largest Gothic outlets in the world (with a diameter of about 11 meters in an area of almost 100 square meters). They say that twice a year you can see an unusual sight – a star of David rose projected on the wall of the Cathedral. The projection shimmers with beautiful colors and just enchants observers. Large colorful stained glass Windows as would fill the temple with natural light. Natural and artificial lighting together create an interesting play of light, and inside the Cathedral is quite light.

Looking at the interior of the Cathedral, it’s hard not to notice the magnificent statues of angels. It seems that the angels live, as if they just stopped for a moment.

Nowadays La seu is not just an active Church, it is also the tomb of the kings, and the Museum. In the Museum you will find many interesting exhibits: jewelry, medieval painting, and even a few historical sacred relics.

The Cathedral often hosts organ concerts. The top of bliss – on a hot day to hide from the heat in a cool temple and enjoy the beautiful sound of the old organ of the XVIII century

 

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