Palma is a lively, sprawling, crowded city, the largest on the island of Mallorca. The Palma Cathedral, also known as La Seu is an impressive Gothic structure, overlooking the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.
It is built of locally mined limestone on the site of a pre-existing Arab Mosque. Construction began back in 1229 and was completed in 1601. Many changes and additions have been made to the church over the years, the most unusual of which was work done by Antoni Gaudi in 1901.
La Seu translates into “of the sea, light and space”, and Gaudi’s additions certainly fulfill that description.
In addition to many other changes, he created The Grotto. The colors of the stained glass windows are unusually unsymmetrical in design and resemble the view one might have if they are ooking up to the sky from beneath 30 feet of water.
The textures, subtle shadings, and designs on the walls certainly capture an undersea feel.
His work on La Seu was my first exposure to this innovative creator.
Coming up, I will share some of his amazing creations in Barcelona.