I spent most of my Majorcan travel time on Cala Major beach, one of the beaches located near Palma de Majorca, in local Catalan language (Catalonia): Palma de Mallorca, the major city and capital of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. Palma is a modern European city with amazing history. Originally, it was founded as a Roman camp. After the fall of the Roman Empire it was reconquered by the Byzantine, then colonized by the Moors, and finally established by James I of Aragon.
There are so many things to do and see in Palma de Mallorca! One of the city’s landmarks is The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu. It is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral, built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. Interestingly, the design and construction took almost 400 years – begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 and finished only in 1601. Another interesting fact, 300 years later, in 1901, Antoni Gaudi was invited to the cathedral’s reconstruction project, but abandoned his work in 1914 after an argument with the contractor. I will share a lot of photos of Gaudi’s work in my future posts from Barcelona. Today, however, I am leaving the beach and walking by the Gothic streets of Palma de Majorca.
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