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.

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ICON Rosetó
ICON Rosetó
4.5 out of 5
Can Campaner, 6, Palma de Mallorca
The price is $170 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
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"This hotel is in a brilliant location for discovering Palma Old Town. The front of house staff were more than helpful in all manner of things, and the breakfast was excellent. My only gripe was that I booked a superior double room with twin beds (Expedia states that twin beds are possible in this ..."

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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 $201 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
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Boutique Hotel Posada Terra Santa
Boutique Hotel Posada Terra Santa
4.5 out of 5
Calle Posada Terra Santa 5, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $191 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
Located in Palma de Mallorca Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Basilica of St. Francis, Plaza Mayor de Palma, and Santa Eulalia Church. ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (638 reviews)
"Second time of staying here and it won’t be the last. A stunning boutique hotel tucked away in the old town of Palma. From checking in to checking out, our stay was faultless. The staff on reception are so welcoming and helpful. Sorted out a last minute restaurant reservation for us when our original ..."

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Hotel Isla Mallorca & Spa
Hotel Isla Mallorca & Spa
4 out of 5
Pilar Juncosa, 7, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $85 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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4.5 out of 5
Carrer del Apuntadores 3, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $201 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
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ICON Rosetó
ICON Rosetó
4.5 out of 5
Can Campaner, 6, Palma de Mallorca
The price is $170 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
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Boutique Hotel Posada Terra Santa
Boutique Hotel Posada Terra Santa
4.5 out of 5
Calle Posada Terra Santa 5, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $191 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
Sant Francesc Hotel Singular
5 out of 5
Plaza Sant Francesc, 5, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $237 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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Hotel Basílica
Hotel Basílica
4 out of 5
Carrer de Can Troncoso 3, Palma de Mallorca, Illes Balears
The price is $153 per night from Nov 16 to Nov 16
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Hotel Cappuccino - Palma
Hotel Cappuccino - Palma
5 out of 5
Plaza de Cort, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $285 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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Hotel Almudaina
Hotel Almudaina
4 out of 5
Avenida Jaime III, 9, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $112 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 2
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Hotel Bosch Boutique
Hotel Bosch Boutique
3.5 out of 5
Calle Brondo 7, Square Rey Juan Carlos I, Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca
The price is $163 per night from Nov 11 to Nov 11
Hotel Bosch Boutique
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