The Cathedral of Mallorca celebrates the Fiesta de la Luz on Thursday, November 11, an event that only takes place twice a year: on February 2 (2 of 2), with the Candelaria festival, and on November 11 ( 11 of 11), coinciding with San Martín. A celebration that every year causes maximum expectation due to the unique play of lights that is created in the Palmesan temple.

In the Fiesta de la Luz, the major and minor rose windows of La Seu line up and form an 8 due to the entry of sunlight into the impressive Gothic setting of the Cathedral. This chromatic projection of the monumental rose window that presides over the main altar on the internal part of the main façade will be appreciated by the public. For this, La Seu will open its doors so that anyone who wishes can experience the Festival of Light.

The doors of the Cathedral will open at 7:30 a.m. to give access to all those interested who want to contemplate this phenomenon. The capacity will be limited and the use of the mask will be mandatory at all times.

For those who cannot attend, the Cathedral of Mallorca will also broadcast this event by streaming through the Cathedral’s website and on its official Facebook and YouTube profiles, as happened last year:

The reason for the Festival of light

The circumstantial conjunction of a series of events results in this singular and unique phenomenon in the context of the cathedrals of Europe. The constructive causes that make it possible are the following:

  • The construction of the temple that defined its basilica plan on the pre-existing mosque between the 13th and 17th centuries.
  • The dimensions of the central nave associated with the location of the largest rose window, which is aligned with it and has a diameter of 11.85 meters.
  • The construction of the main façade was done in three chronological phases (16th-17th and 19th centuries) and presents two different fronts, interior and exterior. This is a deciding factor in the current location of your rose window viewed from the interior wall.
  • The completion of the stained glass installation program in all available windows and oculi of the Cathedral that began in the late 19th century. The last phase of the stained glass windows coincides with the adaptation to the liturgical prescriptions of the Second Vatican Council. The natural light entry conditions inside the temple have been stable since 2010, when the complete restoration of the main rose window was completed.

Until approximately 9:15 a.m., this explosion of color can be enjoyed online, thanks to the 1,115 pieces of glass that make up the main rose window of the Cathedral.

Fiesta de la Luz Catedral de Mallorca

Previous Festival of Light. Photo: Catedral de Mallorca.