La Seo Cathedral
Cathedral of Palma ©
Palma's magnificent Catalonian Gothic cathedral is a landmark of the city, standing in the old town overlooking the ocean. The cathedral is actually called the Cathedral of the Saviour (Catedral del Salvador) but is situated on the Plaza de la Seo and is commonly referred to as La Seo. The cathedral forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The cathedral was built on the site of an existing ancient mosque and ancient Roman forum, and construction on the Romanesque Cathedral began in 1140. There have been numerous rebuildings, additions and renovations since then, including an extensive restoration in the second half of the 20th century, when, among other things, the Roman and Muslim remnants were excavated and exposed. The cathedral has a rich and interesting history. From 1204 until the 15th century all Aragonese kings were crowned in this church and it was the venue for royal baptisms, weddings and burials. The head Inquisitor of Aragon, Pedro de Arbues, was assassinated in the cathedral while praying in 1485, leading to a tumultuous period when multiple citizens were killed for their alleged involvement in the assassination and for general resistance against the Inquisition. Pedro de Arbues was later sainted and is entombed in the cathedral.
Address: Placa Almoina, Palma
Telephone: +34 971 723 130
Opening times: Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 6pm, Saturday from 10am to 2pm. Open for services on Sundays