Old Town, Palma de Mallorca

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    Old Town Walking Tour

    by Tolik Updated Jul 26, 2003

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    The Ajuntament (City Hall)

    While visiting Palma, you will be surprised by the number of ancient churches, especially in the old part of town. After visiting the Cathedral, you walk north a couple of hundred yards before encountering another imposing edifice - the 13th century Church of Santa Eulàlia (Mon–Fri 7am–12.30pm & 5.45–8.30pm, Sat 7am–1pm & 4.30–8.45pm, Sun 8am–1pm & 6.30–8.30pm; free). It was the first church to be built after Jaume's arrival.
    Close by, the Ajuntament (town hall) is a fine example of the late-Renaissance style. Now turn right at Santa Eulàlia, walking down the narrow, unpaved street against the flow of traffic, and you will very soon come across another even more commanding building, the Church of San Francisco (1281) or Basílica de Sant Francesc (Mon–Sat 9.30am–12.30pm & 3.30–6pm, Sun 9.30am–12.30pm; €0.60). La Seu definitely is more famous but the church is the finest among a host of worthy medieval churches. It is the most important church in Palma, and is, along with Santa Eulàlia, the one with largest dimensions.
    You can find more churches in the old town - the churches of Montesion, Santa Fe, Santa Clara, El Temple, just to name a few. Some of these old churches were originally Jewish temples, other temples were originally Islamic holy-places, for instance the church of San Miguel in the street of the same name. And after the Christian reconquest the Cathedral itself was actually built around a mosque.

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    • Architecture
    • Historical Travel

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    Old Town

    by bonio Written Apr 19, 2008
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    Palma is a good place for an aimless wander, narrow lanes to explore and plenty of shops and bars to discover - just a few photos of our time in town.

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