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Parish Church of San Jaume


The church of San Jaume, is, along with the churches of Santa Eulàlia, Sant Miquel and Santa Cruz, one of the four oldest in Palma.

It was given the name of the patron saint of King James I, the Conqueror. The church is a fine example of single-nave Gothic.

The chapel of the Holy Sacrament was built in the 17th century, and covered with a cupola.

The portal was rebuilt in 1776 by the Majorcan sculptor Miquel Tomàs who decorated it with rocaille and a bust of Saint James the Apostle. There are two important examples of Baroque art inside the church. The canvases in the Chapel of Christ that are the work of Miquel Pons, and the altarpiece of Saint Cajetan. 

Its small size makes Sant Jaume a place of great simplicity and beauty.

It has six vaulted sections with rectangular side chapels that give access to the presbytery with its polygonal floor plan, complemented by four small quadrangular apses, not all of which are symmetrical. The structure has not undergone later modifications, and the coats of arms of the benefactors who sponsored its construction can be seen on the keystones of the vaults. In this regard, the church houses a real display of heraldry.  

Most of the altarpieces that are conserved here are modern. The vestiges of mediaeval art include a fragment of a panel with an image of the church's patron saint depicted as a pilgrim, attributed to the painter Francesc Comes. The bell tower is on the left hand side of the façade, and has a quadrangular cross section. The chapels are Gothic, except the Baroque Tabernacle chapel that dates from the 17th century and also contains the tomb of the Cotoner family, where the hearts of Rafel and Nicolau Cotoner are preserved, great masters of the order of Malta. Among the chapels the third on the left stands out. This is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception and has a classicist picture from 1813.