visit the Bellver Castle -...
visit the Bellver Castle - situated on a hill, at about 3 km. from the centre of Palma de Mallorca. The construction started in 1300 by the orders of James (Jaime) II, King of Mallorca. It took nine years to build the basic structure, the ornamentation was finished more slowly. The work force consisted of seventy permanent artisans and a large number of the king's slaves as well as local women.
The castle was built as a royal residence. In the late 14th century, John I and Violet of Aragon stayed there with their court for three months. The castle has also entertained other European royalty, such as Charles I of England, the Prince of Saboya, John of Austria, the Duke of Monpensier and the present British Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as well as members of the Spanish Royal family including the present monarchs King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia.
In 1717, the castle became a military prison. Between 1802 and 1808, Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, Minister of the Treasury, Patronage and Justice in the reign of Carlos IV, was imprisoned in one of the rooms on the first floor. The castle also acted as a prison for numerous French officers and soldiers defeated in the Battle of Bailen .
In 1817 General Lacy, leader of a failed liberal rebellion, faced a firing squad and in 1821 the castle was temporarily used as a mint.
The building is circular in layout with three semicircular buttressed towers, and a single tower, some seven meters from the body of the castle. The construction is arranged around a central courtyard. The first level is constructed using semicircular arches surmounted with flat roofs and the second, upper level has Gothic arches and ribbed gothic vaults.
While we had dinner we watched a fabulous spectacle, with singers, clowns, dancers and magicians.
> The Carmen Motta Ballet
> The Drifters
> Sharon Mc. Kie
> Mike Pidone
> Peter Williams Orchestra
> The flying dancers
> Eric Boo
> Vladimir Zarkov (clowns)
> Angelo Magic Show
It was fantastic!!
No one in special, but if the...
No one in special, but if the waiter don´t speak anyother language beside spanish/maiorquin it cuold be interesting
I wanted a glas of wine and he cames with the bottle: you can drink how much you want to! When you have to pay he´ll look to the bottle how many glases you aproximatl had ! Fish, i mean I tried evrey fish I found although I didn´t exactly new what I was eating, great !
Coves of Els Hams
These coves were discovered in 1906 by Pedro Calbentey Santandreu when he was searching for marble, they are known as Els Hams (fish-hooks) due to their hooklike shape....
Pictures aren't allowed inside.
Entrance fees: EUR 9,50
Summer: daily, from 10.00 to 18:00, every 10 min.,visits with concerts.
Winter: daily, from 10:30 to 17:30 - February and March: 10:30 to 17:30
Blessed Ramon Llull~ Majorcan Writer & Philosopher
We discovered the statue you see in the accompanying pictures while strolling along near the Passeig Segrera under those beautiful & lofty palm trees. The statue somewhat toward the Bahia de Palma is that of Ramon LLull who was born in Palma in 1232. Llull inherited a substantial estate which had been given to his father by King James I of Aragon after his defeat of the Moors on Mallorca.
Llull, an educated man, married young and led a life of little account until he experienced several visions of Christ crucified. This caused him to have a complete religious conversion and he dedicated his life to 3 most important goals: 1) founds schools to proote the teaching of foreign languages in seminaries & to missionaries; 2) writing a book to prove Christian doctrine; and 3) to propogate the faith among infidels. To that end he wrote prolifically, and sought support for his endeavors from religious and royal rulers. Years after learning Arabic he traveled to North Africa to spread the word of Christianity, and was imprisoned for many months and later released. Even though he was very advanced in age, nearing 80 years old, he traveled again to North Africa to carry on his crusade for Christianity, and in 1314 was stoned by Muslims outside of the citywalls of Bougie or perhaps what is now Tunis. It is said that a A Genoese merchant brought him back to Palma where he died inof his wounds in 1315. He is buried in the Convent of St. Francis. Some literature states that he is now "Blessed Ramon Llull" which would be the first step and a prelude to sainthood.
Llull is known also for, "Blanquerna," the first major work in the Catalan language. This courageous writer, philosopher and religious man is memorialized today by the statue, said to
proclaim him in 4 languages.