Visit Palma Cathedral: tickets, prices, opening hours

Visiter la Cathédrale de Palma de Majorque

Planning a trip to Palma de Mallorca? Take the opportunity to visit Palma Cathedral, one of the city’s architectural jewels!

Palma’s cathedral, also known as the Seu, stands facing the Mediterranean and seems to watch over the city. As well as exploring the monument itself, you can visit the adjoining museum and enjoy a breathtaking view of the city from the terraces. A visit not to be missed!

What to see, what to do, prices and opening hours: follow the guide to visit Palma Cathedral!

History of Palma Cathedral

Histoire de la Cathédrale de Palma

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A visit to Palma Cathedral is a plunge into local history. Construction of the building began in 1229 and was completed in 1630, taking 400 years to erect this splendid blond sandstone edifice. King James I undertook the construction of the cathedral on the site of a Moorish-era mosque, which he had previously demolished. The location was not chosen at random: overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, Palma Cathedral can be seen from all over the bay.

Over the years, collapses and an earthquake damaged the structure, necessitating renovation and reconstruction. Antonio Gaudi, the brilliant architect responsible for the Sagrada Familia crypt and the Parc Guëll, was commissioned to reconfigure the cathedral’s choir in the early 20th century. In 1931, the cathedral was declared a national historic monument.

Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, Palma Cathedral as it stands today reveals Catalan Gothic architecture blended with modern and contemporary styles. Also known as the Cathedral of La Seu, it is the largest religious building on the island of Mallorca, and the second largest in Spain, after Seville Cathedral.

To visit Palma Cathedral is to contemplate several centuries of history and grandiose architecture!

What to see and do at Palma Cathedral?

Intérieur de la Cathédrale de Palma de Majorque, rosace et vitraux

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When you walk through the doors of Palma Cathedral, you’ll immediately be struck by its imposing proportions and the height of the nave: almost 44 metres. Inside, you’ll discover 19 chapels and 8 bays, and a wealth of works of art and statues. The museum and terraces complete the visit.

Photographing works of art

Amateur photographers and contemplatives alike will be charmed by the delicate light that illuminates Palma Cathedral through its 83 stained glass windows and 7 rose windows. The so-called « grande rosace » has a diameter of 11.55 m and its ribs form the symbol of the risen Christ, a 6-pointed cross. It’s made up of 1,236 pieces of glass and is well worth a look. For your information (the cathedral is closed on these days, so you won’t be able to observe the phenomenon with your own eyes), a poetic show is held on November 11 and February 2. A ray of sunlight from the main rose window reflects it onto the opposite wall.

A visit to Palma Cathedral also includes a contemporary art fresco created by Miquel Barceló between 2001 and 2006. Its modern style, unusual for a religious building, may come as a surprise, and has provoked controversy among locals.

In the Santisimo chapel, you’ll discover a superb 300 m2 ceramic piece depicting the parable of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes.

Admire the religious and royal statues

If you go through the Mirador door into the Royal Chapel, you’ll discover statues of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, as well as a copy of a Virgin, all three by Guillem Sagrera. You can also admire the baldachin above the altar and the ceramic wall, designed by Gaudi. In the Chapel of the Holy Trinity, the finely-worked tombs of Kings James II and James III await you. There are also 33 paintings on the chapel walls.

Push open the museum doors

Your entrance ticket also gives you access to the Diocesan Museum, which adjoins Palma Cathedral and comprises three exhibition halls. It presents thehistory of the Christian religion in Mallorca, as well as a host of Gothic works. The most outstanding of these is the painting of Saint George slaying a dragon, by Pere Nisart. In the various rooms, you can see a colossal monstrance, a wood and silver diptych, an altarpiece, reliquaries and the arm of Saint Sebastian, donated by the dean of Rhodes. More bizarrely, a naturalized crocodile is also on display. Legend has it that this was the animal that terrorized the local inhabitants in the 17th century.

A view from the terraces

Finally, don’t leave Palma Cathedral without a detour to its sublime terraces! They are reached via a flight of 215 spiral steps. A somewhat dizzying climb, but well worth the detour. Once you’ve reached the terraces, which are 48 metres high, you’ll discover Palma’s districts and monuments from a whole new angle. You’ll see the port, the maritime park, the Palau March, the Llotja and the Almudaina.

How do I get to Palma Cathedral?

There are several options for visiting Palma Cathedral, depending on where you are in the city. It is located in Plaza de la Almoina.

By bus

  • You can take bus no. 1 from the airport to the Catedral de Mallorca stop. A cab will also take you to your destination for between 12 and 20 euros during the day.
  • Buses 102, 104, 107 and 111 also serve the cathedral. From catedral station, it’s another ten minutes or so to the monument.

By metro or train

To get to the Cathedral by metro, take line M2. The T3 train also runs to the monument.

By car

If you’re visiting Palma Cathedral by rental car, the Saba Plaza de San Antonio public parking lot is nearby. It’s just a 15-minute walk from the arrival point.

Horse-drawn carriage

What an unusual means of transport! Yes, you can opt for a horse-drawn carriage that will drop you off in front of Palma Cathedral.

Palma Cathedral opening times and prices

Cathédrale de Palma vue de haut

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SCHEDULES

You can visit Palma Cathedral all year round, except on Sundays and certain public holidays. Opening hours vary according to the season, from Monday to Friday:

  • November 2 to March 31: 10 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. ;
  • April 1 to May 31: 10 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. ;
  • June 1 to September 30: 10 a.m. – 6:15 p.m. ;
  • b>Saturday: year-round, 10 a.m. to 2.15 p.m.

Please note: Palma Cathedral is closed on January 1, 6 and 20, April 18, 19 and 22, August 15, November 1, December 8, 25, 26 and 31. The diocesan museum is also closed on these dates and on March 1, May 1, June 24, October 12 and December 6.

RATES

  • Admission to cathedral and museum: €12
  • Admission ticket: €8.50
  • Free for children under 10.

Please note: Guided tours are reserved for residents of the Balearic Islands.

GOOD TO KNOW

– Allow at least an hour to take in the sights and discover all their facets;

Visits to the terraces are only possible from April to October, and must be booked in advance on the cathedral’s official website. The meeting point is at the gateway to Plaça Almoina de la Seu. A visit to the terraces also includes a tour of the 9-bell hall, which houses the Eloi bell;

– The cathedral is accessible to people with reduced mobility;

– Two open days are organized each year to visit Palma Cathedral: February 28 from 4 pm to 8 pm and March 1 (Balearic Islands Day) from 10 am to 8 pm.