Town Hall, Palma de Mallorca
Not far from Le Seu Cathedral and located on the Placa de Cort is the "Ajuntament" or "Town Hall" building. I thought this was a beautiful building because of its perfect proportions, graceful balcony and the ornate window and door pediments. The added color of the 3 flags above the main door and the large clock known as "En Figuera" on the facade of the 3rd story just add to its interest. The Ajuntament was built between 1649 - 1680, described in tourist literature as "Baroque with Mannerist" features, was once the seat of the important personages of the Old Kingdom of Mallorca ( "Medina Mayurqa"). Today it serves as the seat of Palma's Town Council.
Although the Ajuntament faces the lovely Placa de Cort with its beautiful and ancient olive tree, the near side ( presumably part of the same building) reflect a different style of architecture which is just as beautiful but with one extraordinary addition----massive, dark wooden doors are fitted into an arched doorway with the most exquisitely designed hinges and handles. I know that sculpted bronze doors in other European towns such as Florence are quite renowned and are genuinely artisitic masterpieces; but to me these particular Mallorcan doors (click on 3rd accompanying picture for closer view) are somehow even more beautiful because of their elegance of design.
The Town Hall building has a Baroque facade with Mannerist features (1649-1680), whose most outstanding feature is the long balcony with seven windows and the clock known as 'En Figuera'.
Catalans are in balearic Islands from 1229. It was kingdom (of Mallorca) from 1276 to 1343. They have their own government, city council in Town Hall now.