The magnificent La Seu cathedral, overlooking the harbour, is the most emblematic building of Palma, Majorca. A magnificent structure, it's history is one Spanish history will tell for generations to come.
The building of the cathedral
was begun during the reign of Jaime II (1276-1311). It was not finally
completed until about 1601. In more modern times, the great Antoni Gaudi
was commissioned to add a wrought-iron canopy. This took place in the
early 1900s. The rest of its origins are steeped in legend.
It is said, the fleet of
Jaime I, while attempting to rescue Mallorca from Moorish occupation, was caught
up in a storm at sea. He prayed to the heavens for salvation, pledging
to erect a temple to Santa Maria if he survived. Survive he did and after
reclaiming this isle from the Moors, he set about ordaining the cathedral's construction.