Castillo de Bellver, Palma de Mallorca

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    Skipped

    by solopes Updated Dec 27, 2013
    Palma de Mallorca - Spain

    Dominating the landscape, this castle atop the hill is a failed temptation - Fernanda accuses me of being a castle maniac, and, to prove that I'm not "castle dependent" I missed this one.

    But I really am sorry - it was built in the 14Th century, with a round shape, not so common, in my "collected" castles, and the sights must be... gorgeous. Next time I will try to find a "El Corte Ingles" in the area, and... you know!

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    Castillo de Bellver

    by starship Updated Dec 14, 2013

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    Sailing into the Bahia de Palma, one of the first sights we saw was Castillo de Bellver, meaning "lovely view" in Catalan. We thought it was an ancient castle or fort, but it's name and history were unknown to us at the time. Unfortunately we never had time to visit it, but it is a sight definitely worth mentioning for those planning a visit to Mallorca.

    The uniquely round castle was commissioned by Jamie II (Jaume II) in 1300, and built by architect Pere Salva who also was the architect of Almudaina Palace as history has it. The construction took 40 years. Though built as a fortress and summer home for the Kings of Mallorca, for many centuries the castle was used as a prison for famous political prisoners, such as encyclopedist Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos, French physicist/astronomer, Francois Arago, and General Luis de Lacy.

    The widow and son of King Jaime III were imprisoned in the Castle as well. Bellver was last used as a prison in 1915. King Jaime II died there of tuberculosis.

    Two round and two square towers connect to a large round circular structure forming a central courtyard. The inside of the large round structure is unusual for its two levels of columns supporting Gothic arches on the first level and perhaps Romanesque arches on the second.

    Today, the castle is a museum which contains Roman, Spanish and Arab artifacts and traces the historical development of the city. Many of the items in the museum are said to have been donated by Cardinal Despuig (where have I heard that name before??). The castle sits on a hill from which marvelous views of the Bay, Marina and old, historic buildings of Palma can be seen.

    Admission to Bellver Castle is 2 Euros for adults; 1 Euro for students; Children 12 and under are free (2007 prices).

    The Castle is roughly a mile and a half from the old center of Palma and can be reached by car, taxi or bus. If by bus, use the Placa Gomila stop.

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    Castle, top experience

    by kat-m Written Mar 28, 2013
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    The Castle de Bellver, was a lovely trip we were staying not too far from here and so walked up the hill to the castle. When I say walked up the hill there is a stairway which is terraced to enable a nice slow walk through a wooded area which was very picturesque and lovely views over the city. The castle is pefectly round in shape and at night is lit up and one of the many attractions in Palma. Dating back to the 1300 and for many years was a prison. Today there is a museum of municipal history , and also many artifacts can be seen including the arab period. Fantastic views over the city and also to the west side. A great trip.

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    Bellver on the Hill

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 1, 2011

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    It became the residence for the kings of the region. It took 9 years to construct and that began in 1311. It has three circular towers and the middle is a courtyard. It was not used as defense hardly at all during the centuries of change here. It turned into a prison in the 17th century and continued as so until early 1900's.
    Entry is 2,50 Euro and is generally open 8:30-7:30PM Monday through Saturday, and other times opens at 10AM

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    A Castle with a view.

    by Tricky_Dicky69 Updated May 8, 2010

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    Bellver castle is almost worth a visit just for the wonderfull view. The castle is 137 metres above sea level and commands a view right across Palma bay. Construction of the castle was begun by Jaume II in 1300, took 11 years to complete, and was built by Pere Salva, the architect of the Almudaina Palace.

    The castle was used as a prison for many centuries but now houses Palma's museum of municipal history. The entrance fee to the museum is 4 euros for tourists and 2 euros for locals during the week but is free week-ends and public holidays.

    The castle is sign posted from central Palma ( brown signs ) The city tour buses visit the castle or you will need a car or a taxi as it would be too far to walk from the port or Palma town.

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    Bellver Castle

    by MikeAtSea Written May 12, 2008

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    Bellver is a circular castle on a hill above the city of Palma. It was built in the 14th century for King James II of Aragon. It was used as a military prison during the 18th and 19th centuries. Now it is one of the main tourist attractions of the island.It was used as a prison in the 1950s, a period where many people where still being prosecuted for their loyalty and commitment to the Republic during the Spanish Civil War 1936-39.

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    Bellver Castle

    by Santini738 Updated Jul 17, 2007

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    Bellver Castle (Castell de Bellver) is a circular castle on a hill near Palma de Mallorca on the Island of Majorca, Balearic Islands. It was built in the 14th century for King James II of Mallorca. It was used as a military prison during the 18th and 19th centuries. Now it is one of the main tourist attractions of the Island. It was used as a prison in the 1950s, a period where many people where still being prosecuted for their loyalty and commitment to the Republic during the Spanish Civil War 1936-39. After the Civil War, the insurgents, being victorious in part through the aid of National Socialist Germany and Fascist Italy, and also the reluctance to come to the aid of the democratic Spanish Republic by such major European powers as Great Britain and France, the leader of the Nationalist-Falangist rebellion, Franco, established a dictatorship that would last until his death in November 1975. Some estimates put the total number of executed prisoners in Spain in the first decade of the dictatorship as high as 60,000, some of whom may have spent time incarcerated in Castell de Bellver.

    The intellectual and writer Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos was one of the most famous prisoners of the castle.

    The entrence fee is 1.80E

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    talk to the cleaner

    by tanneddarling Written Nov 4, 2006

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    luckily for us the cleaner was going about her duties whilst we were there and told us quite a bit about the castle (including stories about people being locked in for the night at closing time)

    it cost 2 euros per person to get in - and we had views of palma and beyond.

    you can get into most areas of the castle (but not the tower) and there are little exhibitions in some parts.

    some signage is onlly in mallorcian.

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    Bellver Castle

    by russian_yaz Updated Feb 7, 2006

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    You will enjoy a wonderfull view from the top of the hill where this castle is located, 137 mt above the sea level.

    It is hard to believe that this castle has been standing for almost 700 years. Begun by Jaume II in 1300 and built by Pere Salva, the architect of the Almudaina Palace, it is unique among European castles in being entirely round. For many centuries the castle was used as a prison. These days it contains Palma's museum of municipal history.

    The entrance fee in the museum is 4 euros for tourists and 2 euros for locals. On holydays and weekends the entrence is free. It's worthy to visit the museum, it has all the history of the city within it's walls.

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    by pugwashman Updated Jul 4, 2005

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    Situated on a hill overlooking Palma, the Castell de Bellver is well worth a visit. Some of the guidebooks said you could walk up there but I don't think I'd fancy that walk. As we had a hire car we used that instead which made the job much easier.
    From the castle itself you get some excellent views from Palma and around the coast and inland to the mountains.
    The castle itself is circular, and is on 3 levels.
    You don't have to pay, at least we didn't.
    We were lucky enough to look round in between coach parties so we could take some nice pictures, but once the coach parties turned up I'd imagine it would get a bit crowded, expecially on the small castle steps.

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    Castillo de Bellver

    by emilybcn Written May 15, 2005

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    El Castillo de Bellver is a main attraction in Palma de Mallorca for those interested in the history of the island. It is relatively easy to find and once inside it reminds you more of a sturdy fortress than a castle. Don't expect an extravagant decorum as it is mostly unfurnished and made of stone. My favorite spots in the castle were the windows in the various towers were one could look out on the view of the city. Cost to enter was a couple euro.

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    Bellver Castle

    by NunoF Written Dec 25, 2003

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    The construction of this castle begun in 1300 and finished 11 years latter. The castle is formed by a central courtyard around which are galleries, main buildings and moats... Bellver Castle was the summer residence of the kings of Mallorca and finished as a prison for monarchs, soldiers and also for the writer Gaspar de Jovellanos.

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    Bellver Castle

    by erikute3534 Updated Aug 25, 2002

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    The castle was designed as royal residence. At the end of the XIVth.century, John I and Violant of Aragon lived there fir three moths with their court. Other important visitors were of Montpensier and Queen Elizabeth II, Aphonso XII and Alphonso XIII, as well as the present monarchs King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia...

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    Bellver Castle

    by Manuel_Cano Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Bellver Castle is to be found some three kilometres from the centre of Palma . It stands 112.60 m above sea level and as such dominates the sky line above the city.

    Its construction started in 1300 by the orders of James 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.

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    Picnic

    by Sara78 Written Oct 25, 2005

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    Since I really like picnics... This is a really nice place to have one. When you climb up to the castle about half way there are tables to have a picnic and not too many people.

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