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    Ancient Olive Tree Graces Placa de Cort

    by starship Updated Dec 14, 2013

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    This beautiful, but gnarled olive tree grows in the Placa de Cort, in front of the Ajuntament or Town Hall building. Protected and surrounded by flowers, it makes a beautiful focal point on the Placa, and gives glorious shade to sunbeaten tourists.

    Information about this tree is scarce or non-existent. The little information I've found dates it as at least several centuries old, and yet it remains beautiful to this day as do the buildings surrounding it --- some of which are as old or older than the tree itself. The tree is often a point from which tours begin to different parts of the old city. It also plays witness to celebrations and festivities which take place in Placa de Cort.

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    Joan Alcover Fountain & Gardens Memorial

    by starship Updated Dec 14, 2013

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    After leaving the Placa de Cort and stopping by the Jardins March, we descended some wide stone steps to the Plaza Reina where we ended at the Joan Alcover memorial. It was just a small triangle of land but beautifully landscaped with a memorial fountain, palm trees, potted ferns, giagantic marigolds, urns, deep green trailing vines and ornamental lamplights. Winding walkways were dotted with benches providing shady seclusion.

    But who was Sr. Joan Alcover?? Neither the name nor pronunciation was familiar to me so some research was needed to learn about the man. It turns out that Joan (Juan) Alcover was a famous son of Palma who became an eminent poet, essayist and politician during his life which spanned 1854 - 1926. His poem, "La Balanguera," was set to music by Amadeu Vives and 40 years after his death it was declared the official hymn of Mallorca in 1966.

    Mr. Alcover believed in a literary theory where poetry was based on sincerity of feelings in a clear poetic form. He wrote poetry in both Castilian Spanish and Catalan, but apparently his poetry in Castilian had more impact. It is said that the tragic deaths of his wife and 4 children greatly influenced his poetry. Other works he is known for are "La Serra" and "Desolacio."

    The beautiful fountain and lovely gardens which overlook another large, circular fountain on the Placa/Plaza de Reina speak volumes about the regard in which Sr. Alcover is held by the people of Mallorca.

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    Blessed Ramon Llull~ Majorcan Writer & Philosopher

    by starship Updated Dec 14, 2013

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    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, placed 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) founding schools to promote the teaching of foreign languages in seminaries & to missionaries; 2) writing a book to prove Christian doctrine; and 3) to propagate 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 Genoese merchant brought him back to Palma where he died of 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.

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    Sa Llotja

    by starship Updated Dec 14, 2013

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    Sa Llotja or La Lonja (Catalan/Spanish) is another beautiful building in the "Catalan Civil Gothic" style of architecture which was built between 1426 - 1448. I think the striking architecture belied its original purpose which was as a headquarters for the School or College for Merchants, rather than a Moorish castle or palace which came to my mind. The College of Merchants required such a space for their activities and tasks. Some information suggests that the building was an Exchange fish market at some point.

    The Mallorcan sculptor, Guillem Sagrera, was the architect who was given the task of imagining and constructing Sa Llotja which resulted in one of the most well-known buildings in Palma. The many corner octagonal towers and windows with tracery are two of its beautiful and my favorite features. There is said to be a sculpture by Claus Sluter's named the Merchant's Guardian Angel in the main facade. I did not get close enough to see this detail.

    Today the building is used only for exhibitions. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays on a limited basis. Sa Llotja is also the name given to this particular area of town, and is noted for its nightlife of cafes, restaurants and bars.

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    Palma Aquarium - a world of fishes

    by Stine620 Updated Jul 3, 2013

    Aquarium is just a stone's throw from the beach, here you can experience everything from jellyfish to sharks, different types of reptiles. In the park you will find The tropical seas, mediterranean sea and garden, jellyfish and you will also find something who is known as the Big Blue. The Big Blue is a tank who is the deepest Shark tnak in Europe.

    A lovely park with beautiful scenery, play spaces and opportunities to get bought food and drinks and there is also a gift shop there.

    You do not set the whole day to go here, around 3 hours plus minus.

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    Arenal

    by solopes Updated Apr 19, 2013

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    The most accessible from Palma of the many beaches, this is a wide and lively beach.

    If, for you, the night is so important as the day in the beach, then this may be your option - the other is Magalluf.

    If you prefer a quiet place, then... skip it, and look a little bit further, in the Calas area.

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    Palau March Musea

    by Britannia2 Written Nov 8, 2012

    Palau March Museu -- this museum features open-air courtyards with sculptures from artists such as Rodin, Chillida, and Moore. A library on the grounds includes over 70,000 books, manuscripts, and other printed works.
    It is open April 1 to October 31, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; and November 1 to March 31, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is open Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., year-round. Admission is 3.60 Euro for adults, and 2.90 Euro for retirees and students with ID. Admission is free for children under the age of 12.(2012 prices)
    Worth visiting just for the cafe in the gardens.

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    Church of Sant Miquel

    by Britannia2 Written Nov 7, 2012

    We did not have time to visit the Cathedral but the church of Sant Miquel was I am sure a reasonable alternative.
    It dates from the 16th century and was built on the site of a mosque - we were very impressed with the barrel vaulted nave and rib vaulted side chapels.
    I am not religious but despite being busy with tourists, shoppers and lunchtime office workers it had a great sense of calm about it.

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    Palma City Sightseeing

    by Britannia2 Written Nov 7, 2012

    A very good way to see the city is from one of the red sightseeing buses that travel through the city - you pay just once and then can hop on and off at the various stops. You collect a headset (which you keep) as you get on the bus and plug this into a socket near your seat and choose which language you wish to listen to the recorded commentary in.
    There are 16 stops including the Cathedral, Castle (wonderful views fron where the bus stops), the harbour and all places of interest.
    The cost is 15.00 with reductions (£12.50 if you are from the UK) and the full tour takes 80 minutes. Buses pick up at 20 minute intervals and start at 9.30 (10.00 in the winter). Summer queues can be long - we could not get on the first bus that came along.
    Highly recommended.

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    Magalluf

    by solopes Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Magalluf is the most agitated and noisy beach of Mallorca, thus appealing to the youngster. We took solomonic decision, staying in the western end of the quieter Palma Nova, in the "border" of both beaches.

    That allowed us a relatively calm staying in Palma, and some short visits to the other side, where the young guys of our team went each night. But in daylight, the beach is also quiet and beautiful.

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    Playa de Palma Nova

    by solopes Updated Sep 7, 2012

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    Which beach shall I choose? Peaceful and secure? Why not one of the many calas? We went to Cala D'Or - Very good week. But the young folks wanted animation!

    We moved to Palma Nova - another very good week (for them!), taking advantage of our hotel's situation half way from Palma Nova and Magalluf

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    Church San Miquel

    by mindcrime Updated Jun 26, 2012

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    One evening we decided to walk north of Plaza Mayor towards plaza Espanya, on the way we some more churchs.

    San Miguel church was built on the site of former mosque (cathedral of Palma was also built upon a former mosque). We took some pics of the exterior (pics 1-2) and then walked inside where a mass was taking place (pic 3). We stood silently at the back for some minutes and then walk outside as we didn’t want to interrupt them by taking pictures of the paintings etc.

    Not far we noticed another church, Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa is obviously the Russian orthodox church of Palma, not many people inside, there were some interesting paintings too but they didn’t allow me to take photos

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    Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma

    by mindcrime Updated Jun 26, 2012

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    Obviously if there’s only one attraction you must see in Palma this is the impressive roman catholic cathedral that dominates the city, located on hill facing the sea. It was the first thing we saw arriving into the city by car from the airport.

    Le Seu (officially Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma) was started to built in 1229 right after King Jaume I created the kingdom of Mallorca but the cathedral was finally completed many centuries later in 1601!!

    It was built on the same site of an arab mosque when the town was called Medina Mayurka. I knew it was impressive from my guide book but I was surprised by its size, 121m long was more than enough for me to feel tired walking around :)

    The cathedral is amazing, originally in renaissance style ended up in catalan gothic style and what I didn’t know was about some modernism additions when the famous A.Gaudi was asked to help in the beginning of 20th century. The beautiful façade was added in 1851 because the old one was damaged due to an earthquake.

    If you plan to check the interior allow some extra time because there are many things to see there. Unfortunately I don’t have pictures of the interior because my camera to run out of battery once inside. There are so many things to see inside that is hard to mention all here, interesting chapels, beautiful statues, doors, columns, amazing rose windows (especially the big ones are unbelievable) etc. Kings and bishops are some of the people that are buried here.

    It is open daily 10.00-18.30
    The entrance fee is 6 euros

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    palau de l’Almudania

    by mindcrime Written Jun 26, 2012

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    Just opposite the cathedral lies another impressive building. Palacio de la Almudaina houses Kings Palace and Queens Palace.

    It was originally a Moorish citadel that was built in 9th century on the same spot where the romans had their fort. Later it was burnt by Christians and then (13th century) King Jaime II turned it into a palace by expending it. Part of the original solid outer wall can still be seen. The first thing you notice is the 4 towers at the corners but also the big one in the middle which is topped by a statue of Guardian Angel.

    The Royal family can use it when they are in Mallorca for holidays but most of the times they just visit it during official ceremonies. In our days it houses the Harbor Headquarters of the island but also a museum with numerous rooms where you can see many items like old furniture, paintings, tapestries from 16th century, banners etc You can also see a nice chapel and some lovely small gardens with fountains and some beautiful reflecting pools.

    It is open Monday to Friday 10.00-18.00 (till 14.00 on Saturdays), closed on sundays

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    small alleys

    by mindcrime Updated Jun 25, 2012

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    One of the best things we did in Palma was getting lost on the maze of alleys in the historic center (that is circles by big avenues).

    Most of the alleys are very peaceful and picturesque and if you’re not in a hurry you will enjoy it although probably you will get lost sooner of later :) Of course signs that point to famos sites (like the cathedral) will show you the way, don’t forget the sea is just a stone throw away. The twisting maze of these alleys will bring you to some unexpected square, small or big churches or just a dead end.

    Some other streets like carrer del Sindicat (pic 4) were full of people, locals and tourists that were there for shopping because this street houses many different stores for clothing, souvenirs etc

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