La Seu Cathedral
Palma de Mallorca Travel Blog› entry 11 of 15 › view all entries
July 28th, 2008 – by: kristinasub
We arrived to Palma by ferry early in the morning while Sun still rise up, and scene of Palma who "wake up" was like dream, specially when i saw La Seu, "La Reina Grande" , standing as rulls over the whole town of Palma, magnificant in her dignity ... This beautiful neogothic building takes your breath and I didn't know is "she" more beautiful under the brightly sunny day or under the sparkling stars and moonlight .
A searched more about the cathedrale and found a legend of how is build : the legend has it that one night in 1229. as Jaime I (king James I of Aragon) was on his way with his troops in order to recapture the island from Almohads (the Almohad Dynasty was a Berber,Muslim dinasty in 12th century and conqured all North Africa as far as Libya, and AL-Andalus - Iberian pelinsula). His fleet ran into a terrible storm and he vowed to the Virgin Mary that if he survived the storm , he would erect a church in her honor. And so, he laid the foundation stone in 1229. and it was a vowe that was to take a long time to fulfill 'cause the cathedral was finished in 1601.
The cathedral was built on the site of an existing Arab mosque! made from gold limestone, in the French Gothic style and is 121m long and 55m wide.
La Sea still takes a breath when you look upon ... hope this photos will close to you even a half of beauty when you see this alive.
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