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Mallorca Real Estate: The cathedral in Palma is being renovated


The ceramic Gaudi in the Capella Reial should be restored. The approval of this has now been issued.

They have lost their luster a bit. The ceramics of the famous architect Antoni Gaudi in the Capella Reial in Mallorca's cathedral "La Seu" are now being carefully restored and appearance of the early 20th Century will be returned. On Tuesday gave the green light for its own initiative.
The ceramics in some places are taken already badly affected, some parts are broken for others, the seal chipped.
In the cathedral and is almost always something restored or renovated. Some architects La Seu jokingly call the longest construction site in the world.

La Seu - Cathedral of Light
The Cathedral Church of Saint Mary - popularly called La Seu, is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the world and is a must on a visit to the island's capital Palma.

La Seu - the name comes from the Majorcan and means "the (Bishop) Seat" - is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the world. With 109.50 meters long, 33 meters wide and 44 m height, it dominates the old town of Palma and is recognized even when approaching from the sea off the plane well.
King James I began 1230 with the construction of the foundation stone at the former main mosque of Medina Mayurqa as Palma was named to the period of Muslim rule. According to legend, the king fell in a heavy storm at sea and asked the Virgin for help. In return he promised to build the church. For now, however, the existing mosque was used as a Christian prayer house, too, as was begun under James II in 1306 with the construction of the actual cathedral. Only in 1386 the remains of the mosque, which were growing within the church were demolished.
Construction work ended (for now) to more than 300 years of construction, with the inauguration of the main portal in 1601.
1851 an earthquake destroyed parts of the cathedral, so that others the main front in 1852 had to be rebuilt.
Scoffers called "La Seu" the longest-lasting construction site in the world. The existing design mainly of limestone needed constant restoration work, so today is almost always a part of the Cathedral surrounded by scaffolding.
Since the Middle Ages have so left by the various architectural styles from Gothic, Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Classicism to Catalan Modernism their tracks.
Even the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí worked 1904-1914 in the interior of the cathedral. By him, inter alia The altar canopy, which, however, remained unfinished after a dispute with the cathedral chapter of Gaudí. Gaudí to Mallorca have never set foot again later.
Not until 2007 was officially opened in the right aisle, the Mallorcan by the artist Miquel Barceló newly designed St Peter's Chapel. On a 300 sqm large ceramic surface, the "propagation of fish and bread" and "The transformation of water into wine" is displayed.
The rosettes
La Seu is translated in many guide books as "The Light". Even if this interpretation is correct, provide 83 windows and seven rosettes for magical play of light inside the cathedral. The tour you should lie down on the morning shortly after the opening, when the sunlight falls through the 12.55 m wide main rosette with its colorful stained glass windows over 1200. Particularly lucky you have when you are on 2 On 11 February or November at 9 clock residing in the Cathedral. Then you will witness the "miracle of light Palma": For a few minutes the sun is shining in a specific angle from the main rosette, so that their light appears just below the small rosette of the west wall.
The Museum
Since 1932, in two chapter rooms and the ground floor of the tower the little "Museu de la Seu in place". There has to be seen especially religious art. In the Gothic chapter house is the tomb of Clement VIII by a richly decorated portal Santanyi sandstone leads to the Chapter House with its beautiful baroque dome. There are among others two large silver candlesticks and a shrine with an alleged splinter of the Cross of Jesus. The visit of the museum is included in the ticket price.
What you can not see ....
La Seu is a place full of secrets. The ground on which the cathedral was built, has been used for millennia by various cultures in various ways. So far, only accompanying excavations under tree have been approved by action. To date, we e.g. the foundations of the main mosque not found. That appeared to work on the foundation of one of the pillars remains of Roman baths from the 3rd Century after Christ.
The Royal Tombs of Jaume II and Jaume III behind the altar are not accessible. But it is far from the only the dead are found in the holy land to rest:
The surface of the temple run through crypts and tombs, in some places, the archaeologists, it is knee-deep in human remains. Burials in churches in the Middle Ages were not unusual and in demand as a cathedral La Seu than waiting for the resurrection in particular.
In 1403 there was a devastating flood in Palma. About 5,000 people will then be killed. They were all buried in the Cathedral in mass graves.
A not so scary look into the "underworld get you if you enter the museum shop. Through a glass window in the ground you can see three stone base. They belong to a street lined with statues of gods of the original Roman settlement.
At a glance
If you go by car to Palma you park in the car park is best Parc de la Mar ". It is located between the sea and the Cathedral and is signposted on the Autopista de Llevant.
When you get out of the car park, La Seu is evident. Go around the Parc de la Mar and the stairs up. To get an idea of the size of the church, you should go once along the sea side. There is also the most beautiful of the three entrance gates, the Portal de Mirador from the 14 Century. However, it is closed.
The entrance to the ticket counter is located to the left of the main entrance of the cathedral in the former alms house. Tip: If you have booked a guide, you can not put off by the crowds at the entrance. Take a look at the ticket counter - often wait several groups of visitors, of which not every one has to solve ticket at the entrance to their leader - the waiting times are not as long as it seems.
After Ticketkotrolle take you on a staircase (with a ramp for wheelchair users) directly into the ground floor of the belfry "Sagrista de Vermell" and thus in the first room of the museum. Links from the sacristy is the Gothic chapter house, through which you reach the baroque chapter house. Both rooms are also part museum
From there you enter the actual cathedral.
In the middle you see the main altar, right next to the St. Peter's Chapel. In the aisles there are 20 other historic church dedicated chapels sizes. Above the main altar is the Gaudí-canopy and the large rosette.
If you follow the sign towards the exit, you reach the Cloister. There are also public toilets. About the Museum Shop will take you to the exit on the back of the cathedral.
For the visit you should allow 45 minutes.
Plaça Almoina, s / n
Phone: 971 723 130
Opening times
Monday to Friday:
1st April 31 October: From 10:00 to 17:15 clock
1st June 30 September: From 10:00 to 18:15 clock
2nd November 31 March: From 10:00 to 15:15 clock
Saturdays: From 10:00 to 14:15 clock
Sundays and public holidays: Closed
Admission: 4 € (children and residents: free entrance)
During the services, admission is free, but will not tour possible.