Built by the Crown of Aragon on the site of a Moorish-era mosque, Palma Cathedral is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral located in the center of Palma City. This cathedral is well-known as La Seu, the landmark of Mallorca. Palma Cathedral was built in 13th century and it has one of the largest rose windows in the world, known as “the Gothic eye”. Among the Gothic Cathedrals, Palma Cathedral is the highest European Gothic Cathedral with 44 meters tall.
1. The Figure of Eight Spectacle
This magical phenomenon happens twice a year, in two symbolic dates: the second day on second month, which is called Candlemas, and eleventh day of the eleventh month, which is called Saint Martin. A unique phenomenon will happen at 8 a.m. The light of the rising sun will get through the rose window in the main Cathedral and the shadow will be projected into the opposite wall, right under the rose window. In a short time, one window will reflected on the other window. The reflection will form the double rose windows, one in the glass, one inside the other light, and it will lead into what is known as 'figure of eight spectacle' or 'figure of eight light'. These eight light or eight spectacle refer to the symbol of requirements of Christian tradition.This rarely phenomenon attracts high amount of visitors to visit Palma Cathedral every year and wish they can see this unique phenomenon, the figure of eight spectacle.
2. Winter Solstice Light Phenomenon
The light of the rising sun during the twenty days around the winter solstice will create a kind of kaleidoscope effect and it can be seen through the cathedral's rose window. This unique phenomenon was found by The Balaric Mathemathics Society and they usually invite people to see this phenomenon from Museum Baluard's terrace. The members of The Balaric Mathemathics Society, Daniel Ruiz Aguilera and Josep Lluís Pol Llompart say that this effect 'Winter Solstice Light Phenomenon' was discovered by Canon Teodor Suau in 2007, the one who obeserved the projection of the rose window. The best thing to is spending your winter time here.
3. Palma Cathedral's Architecture
Palma Cathedral was built on the cliff soaring of the sea, makes this cathedral can be reflected from water. The location of Palma Cathedral brings the special value to it. Palma Cathedral has its basilics plan consists of the central nave flanked by aisles ending in a large apse divided into three smaller part. The inside part of the Cathedral creates a wonderful sensation of room and the structural, by emphasizing on the characteristics of Octagonal columns that divide the nave from aisles, made out of sandstone from the quarries of Santanyí and Galdent (Llucmajor): only 14 columns that divide the nave from the aisles, seven on each side. The wonderful sensation of Palma Cathedral increases the effect of light that enter the cathedral through the 7 rose windows and the other 83 windows that have been installed many years ago. This kind of architecture makes Palma Cathedral is popular with 'The Cathedral of Light'.
How to Get Tickets?
Tickets can be purchased online or at the tickets office. It is better to buy tickets online to save your time, this is the best thing to do. Online ticket's prices are the same with the tickets at the tickets office. Printed and mobile tickets are accepted.
How To Get Around?
Walking is the best way to get around Palma Cathedral. Since Palma Cathedral is in the heart of Palma City, you visit the other attractions in Palma by walking.
What Should I Wear?
There is no dress code when you are visiting Palma Cathedral. However, Palma Cathedral is a religous place, make sure you wear something appropriately. You should cover your knees and your shoulder.
Best Time to Visit
You can visit Palma Cathedral anytime you want. If you want to see the 'figure of eight spectale' Februari and November are the best time to visit Palma Cathedral. There is also a cinema that set up by the cathedral on summer evening.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site.
How To Get There?
Palma Cathedral can be accessed by car, bus and taxi. You can use bus to visit Palma Cathedral since the bus stop is right outside the Cathedral. If you want to visit Palma Cathedral without losing budget, take bus since it is the cheapest public transportation. Palma Cathedral can also be visited by boat. From Palma Port you only have to walk for 20 minutes or you can take taxi to get there.
If you are a female, make sure you wear footwear when you are visiting Mallorca. Man will will compliment you on how good you look. This is just considered good manners and nothing more. This is the part of etiquette in Mallorca. Since it is a religious place, Palma Cathedral often close when it has a certain day of celebration. Make sure you know the opening and closing schedule of this cathedral.