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The Oratori de Sant Pau

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In a square behind Palma’s Cathedral, and adjoining with the Palau Episcopal, the Oratori de Sant Pau can be found, a Gothic construction from the 15th century. Inside, we find this beautiful stained glass window created by Antoni Gaudí in honour of Pere Joan Campins i Barceló, Mallorca’s bishop from 1898 to 1915 and the Cathedral’s prelate.

Antoni Gaudí, the famous Catalan architect from Barcelona, was commissioned by the Mallorcan bishop to carry out restorations and improvements to the layout of the Cathedral. In the winter of 1902, Gaudí arrived at La Seu of Palma de Mallorca to carry out a liturgical restoration plan. The outcome of his artistic intervention has not lost its capacity to amaze us. Gaudí abandoned the job in 1914, though, over some disagreement with the prelate in Palma’s diocese.

If you are interested in Gaudí’s work, you might give Barcelona a miss and instead visit Palma’s Cathedral. Admission is free for residents, or else 4 €, and that includes a visit to the Museu de la Seu de Mallorca. You might also wish to visit the Museu Diocesà just behind the Cathedral and with it the Oratori de Sant Paul. Plenty of Gaudí’s creations there, too. Admission there is 3 €, or 1 € for residents.

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If you would like to know more about Gaudí’s intervention in Palma’s Cathedral and in more detail, may I point you in the direction of the book shown here, Gaudí in the Cathedral of Mallorca, edited by Triangle Postals and available in English, Français, Deutsch, Italiano as well as Català and Español, retailing at 10 €. If you don’t live in Mallorca and want to buy the book on-line, it is offered at Amazon.co.uk for £ 9-95.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 17th, 2009. The time was 12:43:50.

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