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    Can Forteza Rey y El Águila

    by MM212 Updated Dec 16, 2015

    One of Palma’s prized Moderniste buildings, Can Forteza Rey was designed and built in 1909 by Lluis Forteza Rey, a jeweller-turned-architect. His building is famous for the mosaic of broken tiles on the façade along with the grotesque face flanked by two dragons in the base of the bay window. Next door is yet another Moderniste building, Edificio El Águila, which was designed by the architects Gaspar Bennazar and Jaume Aleñar in 1908 as a department store. It is said to have been inspired in part by Otto Wagner’s Karlplatz building in Vienna, and appears so at least in the arch that crowns the building.

    Can Forteza Rey, Aug 2015 Can Forteza Rey y El ��guila, Aug 2015 Can Forteza Rey, Aug 2015 Edificio El ��guila, Aug 2015 Can Forteza Rey, Aug 2015
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    Dalt Murada

    by MM212 Updated Dec 6, 2015

    Large sections of the Mediaeval city walls of Palma have survived intact, mainly the two corners by the shore. Though much of the walls was rebuilt in the 1600s, some sections from the Arab period have survived.

    The Wall, Aug 2015
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    Hospital San Pere i San Bernat

    by MM212 Updated Nov 4, 2015

    Located within the narrow alleys of the old city, Hospital Sant Pere i Sant Bernat is a religious hospice-orphanage that is part of the Brotherhood of Saints Peter and Bernard (Pere i Bernat in Catalan), a charitable organisation founded in 1470 for the care of elderly and poor. This hospice was built in 1775 as an extension to the original building by the architect Antoni Mesquida Tomas. Although mostly plain on the outside, the building's three entrances are true Baroque beauties and stand out in contrast to the unornamented façade. Although I was unable to enter the building, I've read that there is (naturally) a pretty courtyard inside. The building nowadays functions as hospice for elderly priests.

    Baroque Beauty, Sant Pere i Sant Bernat, Aug 2015 Hospital Sant Pere i Sant Bernat, Aug 2015 Hospital Sant Pere i Sant Bernat, Aug 2015
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    Fundación Bartolomé March

    by MM212 Updated Nov 3, 2015

    Though only completed in 1945, this sumptuous palace - known as Palau March - was designed in the traditional style and could well date from the 17th century! It was built as the residence of the financier Juan March who died in 1962, but his descendants later turned the palace into a museum showcasing a large art collection of Fundación Bartolomé March. Unfortunately, I did not get to visit the museum, but hopefully next time. It is located very close to the Cathedral.

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    Can Casasayas & Pensión Menorquina

    by MM212 Updated Oct 29, 2015

    The adjacent Can Casasayas and Pensión Menorquina buildings are two of the most shining examples of Modernisme architecture in Palma. Can Casasayas (left hand side in my photos) was completed in 1910 by the Casasayas family as a residential building and is the work of the architect Francesc Roca i Simó. A second architect, Guillem Reynes, participated in the project and then proceeded to design the adjacent Pensión Menorquina in a very similar style in 1911. The shapes and curves of the façades were clearly influenced by Antoni Gaudí's creations.

    Can Casasayas & Pensi��n Menorquina, Aug 2015 Can Casasayas & Pensi��n Menorquina, Aug 2015 Can Casasayas, Aug 2015 Can Casasayas & Pensi��n Menorquina, Aug 2015 Can Casasayas, Aug 2015
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    Gran Hotel

    by MM212 Updated Oct 29, 2015

    Designed by one of the most renowned Catalan Modernisme architects, Lluís Domènech i Montaner, the Gran Hotel building is his only work in Palma de Mallorca. It is also one of the city's most famous Modernisme buildings, mixing art nouveau, Gothic, and Romanesque designs. The architect is best known for his Barcelona works, such as Palau de la Música Catalana and Hospital de Sant Pau, both UNESCO world heritage sites, and Casa Lleó Morera. The Gran Hotel was completed in 1903 as a hotel, but nowadays functions as a cultural centre run by Fundación la Caixa.

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    Es Baluard

    by MM212 Updated Aug 25, 2015

    Housed in a modern structure within the 16th century bastion of Sant Pere, Es Baluard is Palma's museum of modern and contemporary art. It opened only in 2004 and has a beautiful collection of works by artists connected to Mallorca. These include pottery by Picasso and paintings by Joan Miró and Magritte, plus many others.

    Es Baluard, Aug 2015 Es Baluard by night, Aug 2015 Picasso's works at Es Baluard, Aug 2015 Es Baluard, Aug 2015
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    Magalluf

    by solopes Updated Oct 19, 2014

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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 Oct 2, 2014

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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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    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.

    Ancient Olive Tree in Palma's 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.

    La Llottja, aka La Lonja

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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.

    The tropical seas
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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.

    Palau March Museum
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