Government / Historical Buildings, Palma de Mallorca
Serving as a government building nowadays, the Consolat de Mar was built in 1669. As its name indicates, it was the seat of the Consulate of the Sea in Palma, the maritime tribunal created in the 14th century by the Crown of Aragon, which spread its territory through Sicily and Southern Italy all the way to the eastern Mediterranean. A small Gothic chapel that pre-dates the Consolat de Mar (c. 1600) is attached to it, facing la Llotja.
Museu de Mallorca is dedicated to the island and its history. It is housed in a 16th century palace, which was the residence of a certain Comtes d'Aiamans, and is typical of palace architecture in old Palma. The city acquired the palace in 1968 and converted into a museum. I walked past the museum on a Sunday morning when it was closed. Hopefully next time I'll be able to visit...
Considered the finest Renaissance-style edifice in Palma, Can Catlar was for a while used as the mint of Mallorca (where coins were made). It is thought to have been built in the early 15th century, initially in the Gothic style, but completely renovated in 1556 into the Renaissance beauty that we see today. It was owned by Pere Abrí-Descatlar i de Santacoloma who, in 1442, was given the task of minting Mallorcan coins, a responsibility that remained in the same family until 1787. The palace is also known as Can Marquès del Palmer.
Adjacent to the City Hall (Ayuntamient) of Palma, this neo-Gothic building is known as Palau Reial. It was built in the late 19th century by the architect Joaquín Pavia. Nowadays it houses the Consell Insular de Mallorca, the government of the autonomous region of Mallorca.
The massive Baroque Ayuntamient building is the city hall of Palma de Mallorca. It was completed in 1680 over an older Gothic hospital, of which certain elements are said to have survived in its interior.