Santa Maria Cathedral

Looming over the capital city, it's sober on the outside, exuberant on the inside

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Santa Maria Cathedral

Ibiza's mother church

A striking landmark looming over Eivissa from on high, the Catedral de Santa Maria is of course the island's primate church, constructed over the course of the 14th century over a mosque built by the island's previous Moorish rulers (it wasn't promoted to cathedral until 1782). It's basically Catalan Gothic in style, but some 17th-century additions and renovations gave it some Baroque lines, as well. Its rather austere exterior, with minimal decorative frippery, contrasts surprisingly with a lovely, profusely adorned interior, consisting of a single nave lined with chapels on either side. Over the main altar you'll find the Madonna of the Snows, patron saint of Ibiza and neighbouring island Formentera; other artistic treasures here include 14th- and 15th-century Gothic altarpieces, as well as a Gothic silver monstrance from 1399.

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