The travel guide to Palma de Mallorca begins next to the sea, by the walls that kept away pirated and looters. It is a city that counts with more than 700 streets and numerous religious and civil monuments to see in Palma de Mallorca. Along with beautiful patios, which are internationally famous.
A city characterized by eclecticism in its historic past, and its monumental and cultural bagagge. The location is dedicated to the sea, with its port and famous Sea Club. A city converted into a vacational destination for tourists, both national and international.
Out of all the buildings in Mallorca, the best monumental symbol from its past is the Cathedral and the Royal Palace of Almudaina.
The cathedral is the main relogious building to see in Palma de Mallorca. It is a temple with seniority installed on the shores of the bay and of the fishing port. Popularly it is known as “The Seu”. Since 1931 it is a Historic-Artistic Moument. It is a building of Gothic Mediterranean style, It is characterized for not following the classic French norms. On the contrary, it uses a German style plant, strictly basilical, with three ships. The temple was began to be constructed in 1229 (when James I conquered the island) over the Muslim Mosque and dedicated it to Saint Mary. It was consegrated by James III in 1346.
It would continue to be reformed still centuries later. For example, in 1904 when there was an intervention by the modern arquitect Antonio Gaudí. Among other things, he realized the iron canopy which is kept in it´s interior. The Cathedral of Palma has the greatest central ship of all of the European Gothic Temples, being 121 meters long and 55 meters wide. It has three parallel chapels in the headboard and numerous lateral chappels on the buttress.
It is also worth counting with the greatest Gothic rose window in the world, known as “The Gothic Eye” (13.8 meters of diameter by almost 150 meters squared). A key infrastructure to see in Palma de Mallorca. Another location on this travel guide worth visiting is the Portada del Mirador, with its geometric ornaments. There is a reason why it has become famous in the last years is for the intervention done by the artist Miquel Barcelò in the Chapel of the Holyest. He reinterprented the miracle of the bread and fish with his particular language and a technique of mixed paint and ceramic.
The Palace of Almudaina along with the Cathedral is one of the most famous sites to see from the sea in this travel guide to Palma de Mallorca. It was built on top of remains of a Roman fort, a Byzantine fort, and a Muslim alcázar. This impotent alcázar was reedificated by James II in 1309. It was the headquarter of the prosperous Mallorca King.
Around the XVIII century it suffered a period of abandonement. It was about to dissapear. Fortunately it was rehabilitated in it´s last years. Since June 1931 it has been protected as a Good of Cultural Interest. In the northern style, it has murals of rock from the Caliphate era, here the Major Portal, Through where you can access the interior of the joint. Sorrounded by the robust wall with it´s towers, the interior consists of a patio of arms which is where the different parts to see in Palma de Mallorca are distributed. These include, the Major Salon and the Royal Warehouse, the King´s Palace, the Muslim baths, and the Spout patio.
Also worth seeign is the Queen´s Palace, the Chapel of Santa Ana, and the Tower of the Angel, the tallest of the three, which it gets it´s name from the main sculpture. Everything in the past from alcazaba and the Royal Palace is now a museum and the official residence of the Royal House. Since the Palace of Almudaina and the Plaza of Admiral Moreno we can first cross to the other side of Antonio Maura Avenue. This way you will be able toexplore the popular neighborhoods of Sant Joan and Puig de San Pere, know for their Arab origins.
The first mandatory stop in this travel guide is in the Sa Llotja Building (The Lonja), situated in the close Sagrera promenade. The ancient lonja in a late Gothic masterpiece. It was build in the XV century by the architect Guillem Sagrera. It is a singular rectangular space in which its interior is very surprising. From its black floor, six helicoid columns open unto the nerves of the spectacular crossed arch.
The four octagon towers to the extremes, ten towers that act as buttresses, eight windows, and gargoyle and statue decorations which characterize its interior aspect. In its main entrace the Ángel of Mercadería catches your eye, character which observes the bargaining of the buying and selling. Presently, it hostes temporary expositions.
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Very close, the Council of the Sea is located. It is a beautiful renaissance building to see in Palma de Mallorca. Today it is the headquarter of the Balearic government. Following the Sagrera promenade you will reach the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Es Baluard. Containing works of art from international artists such as Cézanne, Gauguin, Picasso, Magritte, Tàpies, Kiefer, Schnabel and Barceló, among others.
In Mallorca you can enjoy other museums and foundations, Such as: The Pilar i Joan Mirón Foundation, created with pieces donated by the artist from the four studios he owned in Mallorca. Also important, the Bartolomé March Foundation, the Military Castle of Saint Charles Museum and the Museu dels Molins. Also, the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art, the Juan March collection, or the Aquarium. .
Next on the travel guide we can head towards the Born Promenade. It is one of the main sights to visit in Palma de Mallorca, built over the riverbed of an old current, It still separates the historic sites to the popular and marine neighborhoods. Once you reach the Plaza of King Juan Carlos we can head towards the Foundation the Caixa through Unión street. The foundation is found in an old building of the Grand Hotel. It is a construction for tourism of the island designed by Lluìs Doménech i Montaner in a modern style.
It hosts an intersting permanent exhibition with pieces by the painter Anglada Camarasa. Periodically it organizes temporary exhibitions.