Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma

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One of Mallorca’s most famous landmarks, Mallorca Cathedral showcases beautiful Gothic architecture and pieces by some of Spain’s greatest artists.

View stonework and sculptures dating back to the 14th century, paintings by Barceló and designs by Gaudí when you visit the superb Mallorca Cathedral.

Notice that the high, decorative façade of Mallorca Cathedral points in the direction of Mecca, rather than Jerusalem as nearly all other cathedrals did at the time the cathedral was built. This follows the design of the mosque present on this site long before the cathedral construction began in 1300.

Outside, admire the cathedral’s high pointed spires. This exterior was actually a late addition, after an 1851 earthquake caused severe damage to the façade. Architect Juan Bautista Peyronnet redesigned the cathedral in the modern Gothic style and replaced much of the original Renaissance structure with the Gothic features we see today.

Foremost among these features are the four statues above the entrance. These depict the saints Peter, Paul and Catalina Tomàs and the local historical figure Ramon Llull. Just above the stunning Gothic portal, look for sculptures showing the Eternal Father and the Last Supper.

Keep walking around the outside of the cathedral to see the huge central vault. This reaches 144 feet (43 meters) into the sky and is marked with turrets and rounded stained-glass windows.

Step through the entrance to view the giant iron canopy over the main altar. This was designed by the famous architect Antoni Gaudí in 1909. On the main walls look for paintings by contemporary Mallorcan artist Miquel Barceló. Explore the cathedral further and inspect what locals claim to be a piece of the True Cross.

Be sure to see the beautifully decorated Royal Chapel which holds the tombs of kings Jaume II and III. A particular highlight is the 39-foot (12-meter) stained-glass window of colorful flowers and burning candles. This was constructed using 1,236 separate pieces of glass. Stand below it on a bright day to discover why this place has been called the “Cathedral of Light.”

Mallorca Cathedral is located in the old part of the city. It is closed on Sundays during the summer and the whole weekend during the winter. There is a small admission fee year-round.

Top Hotels Close to Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma

Hotel Almudaina
Hotel Almudaina
4 out of 5
Avenida Jaime III, 9, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $109 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Located in Palma de Mallorca Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza del Rey Juan Carlos I and Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma. Port of Palma ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (904 reviews)
"Perfectly located in the centre of Palma and within easy walking distance to all the best places. We stayed in Room 702 which has an incredible view towards the Cathedral over the rooftops, whilst the Skybar offers a 360 view of the city! Breakfast was average."

Reviewed on Oct 29, 2021

Hotel Almudaina
Palma Suites Aparthotel
Palma Suites Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Plaça Mercadal, 8, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $112 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
Located in Palma de Mallorca Old Town, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Almacenes El Águila, Plaza Espana, and Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (348 reviews)
"It was very clean, well located and the staff was friendly and helpful. Great stay!"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Palma Suites Aparthotel
Hotel Basílica
Hotel Basílica
4 out of 5
Carrer de Can Troncoso 3, Palma de Mallorca, Illes Balears
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $165 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
Located in Palma de Mallorca Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma and Paseo Maritime. Bellver Castle and Port ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (168 reviews)
"The service and ambiance in Hotel Basilica is truly unparalleled. They really go the extra mile for their guests which made for an exceptional travel experience. They have earned our loyalty!!"

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2021

Hotel Basílica
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Petit Palace Hotel Tres
Petit Palace Hotel Tres
4.5 out of 5
Carrer del Apuntadores 3, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $103 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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Palma Suites Aparthotel
Palma Suites Aparthotel
4 out of 5
Plaça Mercadal, 8, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $112 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 13
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Hotel Almudaina
Hotel Almudaina
4 out of 5
Avenida Jaime III, 9, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $109 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Hotel Almudaina
Hotel Basílica
Hotel Basílica
4 out of 5
Carrer de Can Troncoso 3, Palma de Mallorca, Illes Balears
The price is $165 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 12
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Hotel Can Cera - Adults Only
Hotel Can Cera - Adults Only
5 out of 5
San Francisco, 8, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $250 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
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Hotel El Llorenç Parc de la Mar - Adults Only
Hotel El Llorenç Parc de la Mar - Adults Only
5 out of 5
Plaça de Llorenç Villalonga 4, Palma de Mallorca, Illes Balears
The price is $221 per night from Dec 14 to Dec 14
Hotel El Llorenç Parc de la Mar - Adults Only
ICON Rosetó
ICON Rosetó
4.5 out of 5
Can Campaner, 6, Palma de Mallorca
The price is $110 per night from Dec 20 to Dec 20
ICON Rosetó
Hotel Born
Hotel Born
3.5 out of 5
Calle Sant Jaume 3, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $112 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Hotel Born
Hotel Saratoga
Hotel Saratoga
4.5 out of 5
Paseo de Mallorca, 6, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $124 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 9
Hotel Saratoga
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