Cathedral of Santa Maria in Palma

Plaça de la Seu, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears, Spain

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Description

More commonly referred to as La Seu (a title also used by many other churches), it is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral. Built by the Crown of Aragon on the site of a Moorish-era mosque, the cathedral is 121 metres long, 55 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall. Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but only finished in 1601. In 1901, fifty years after a restoration of the cathedral had started, Antoni Gaudí was invited to take over the project. While some of his ideas were adopted – moving the choir stalls from the middle nave to be closer to the altar, as well as a large canopy – Gaudí abandoned his work in 1914 after an argument with the contractor.

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