Historical Buildings Walking Tour (Self Guided), Palma de Mallorca

There are a number of historical destinations in Palma De Mallorca including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and churches where you can learn about the glorious past of Palma De Mallorca. The presence of these historical sites will take you on a walk through Palma De Mallorca ‘s rich history. ***PH***
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Historical Buildings Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Historical Buildings Walking Tour
Guide Location: Spain » Palma de Mallorca (See other walking tours in Palma de Mallorca)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 12
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Author: DanaU
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • La Llotja (The Market)
  • Royal Palace of La Almudaina
  • Palma Cathedral
  • Arab Baths
  • Convent of San Francisco
  • Church of Santa Eulalia
  • Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)
  • Church of Sant Nicolau
  • Gran Hotel
  • Parish Church of Sant Jaume
  • Church of Santa Magdalena
  • Church of Santa Catalina de Sena
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La Llotja (The Market)

1) La Llotja (The Market) (must see)

Designed by Guillem Sagrera in the 15th century as Palma's exchange, La Lonja is an outstanding architectural monument. It has two turrets and an angel over the door, and looks like a castle or a church, but in fact it is neither. The construction has octagonal towers at each corner and ten smaller towers that act as buttresses.

Since Palma lost its commercial importance, the building's purpose changed. During the War of Independence, La Lonja was used as a place to store guns and various goods. At the end of the 19th century, it became a fine art gallery. Today, La Lonja is a cultural center which holds temporary exhibitions.
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Royal Palace of La Almudaina

2) Royal Palace of La Almudaina (must see)

The Royal Palace of La Almudaina is the Alcázar (fortified palace) of Palma, the capital city of the Island of Majorca, Spain. Having been built as an Arabian Fort, it was claimed as official royal residence in the early 14th century. Inside it has many empty rooms, however, when King Jamie II began restoration, his design plan included the encompassing of the small, Romanesque Chapel of Saint Anne. It stands opposite the dramatic Palma Cathedral with commanding views over the Bay of Palma. It is the summer official residence of the Spanish Royal family and administered by the Patrimonio Nacional. Also known as the Marivent Palace, it is open to visitors along with most Royal residences.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Palma Cathedral

3) Palma Cathedral (must see)

The Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma, more commonly referred to as La Seu, a title used by many churches, is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral located in Palma de Mallorca, built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. It is 121 metres long, 55 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall. Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but finished only in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.--When looked at from sea it looks stunning.

In 1901, fifty years after the restoration of the cathedral had started, Antoni Gaudí was invited to take over the project. While some of his ideas were adopted – moving the choir stalls from the middle nave to be closer to the altar, as well as a large canopy – Gaudí abandoned his work in 1914 after an argument with the contractor. The planned changes were essentially cosmetic rather than structural, and the project was cancelled soon after.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Arab Baths

4) Arab Baths (must see)

The Banys Àrabs, or Arab Baths, one of the few remnants of Palma's Moorish past, are accessed via the quiet Ca'n Serra street near the Convent of the Cathedral, and include the lush gardens of Ca'n Fontirroig, home to Sardinian warblers, house sparrows, cacti, palm trees, and a wide range of flowers and ferns. The small two-roomed brick building that once housed the bath is in fact of Byzantine origin, dating back to the 11thcentury and possibly once part of the home of a Muslim nobleman. The bath room has a cupola with five oculi which let in dazzling light. The twelve columns holding up the small room were pillaged from an earlier Roman construction. The floor over the hypocaust has been worn away by people standing in the centre, mainly to photograph the entrance and the garden beyond it. The whole room is in a rather disreputable condition. The other room is a brick cube with a small model of the baths as they once were in the corner. Unfortunately one of the columns in this model has fallen over.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Convent of San Francisco

5) Convent of San Francisco

The Convent of San Francisco was built in 1232 and in 1281, it was remodeled to what is seen today. Jacques de Mallorca, son of King Jacques II de Mallorca, took his vows here in the 13th century. Today, the Convent of San Francisco and the cloister represent one of the best examples of medieval architecture in Palma de Mallorca.

The church has a Gothic nave which is surrounded by eight side chapels and a polygonal apse. The most recent ones were built between 1445 and 1670. Inside the convent, you will notice a retable, another Gothic masterpiece of the 15th century. To the left of the presbytery, there is the tomb of Ramon Llull, a Majorcan writer and philosopher, logician and a Franciscan tertiary, whose death still remains a mystery.

The facade of the church was rebuilt in the 17th century by Francisco de Herrera. The portal is also of Gothic style. The frontal and the round stained-glass window are the works of glazier Pere Comas.

The cloister attached to the church was built in the 17th -18th centuries. It is a beautiful architectural ensemble with stunning columns and buttresses.
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Church of Santa Eulalia

6) Church of Santa Eulalia

Built in the 13th century, the Church of Santa Eulalia is a fabulous place of worship in Palma de Mallorca. It is dedicated to the patron-saint of Barcelona – a thirteen year old girl who was tortured and later beheaded by the Romans. The first meeting of the General Grand Council of Mallorca was held here, and it was also the place where Prince James, son of James the Conqueror, was recognized as the successor of Mallorca.

Later, the church underwent some changes to include the rosace and the carving of Saint Eulalia above the entrance, the work of Guillem Ferrer. In 1893, Joan Sureda i Veri restored the facade of the church giving it a more modern look.
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Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)

7) Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)

Ayuntamiento is Palma's town hall with a gigantic wooden roof. It was constructed in 1660 in a traditional Mallorcan design. Inside the building itself, can be seen a collection of over-sized manikins that are used for the festivals that take place within the city.
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Church of Sant Nicolau

8) Church of Sant Nicolau

Dating from the 14th century, the Church of Sant Nicolau is an old parish church full of history. It is located at Carrer de Sant Nicolau in Palma de Mallorca. The original church on this site was built in 1302. Later, between 1309 and 1349, the new church appeared. In the late fifteenth century the Church of Sant Nicolau had to be restored as its nave had been damaged. The main facade and both portals date from the same epoch. In 1681 another restoration works take place, this time completely changing the apse and the decorations.

The main portal of the church is decorated with plant motifs. The frontal depicts the image of Sant Nicolau, dating from the 17th cenutry. Of special beauty is the Gothic altarpiece created in the 15th century and represents St. Nicholas by Miguel de Alcaniz.
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Gran Hotel

9) Gran Hotel

The Gran Hotel was Palma's first luxury hotel, it was built in 1903 according to plans by Catalan architect Lluis Domenech I Montaner. Fundacio la Caixa restored and reopened the hotel in 1993, and now it is an art gallery that holds permanent exhibitions of paintings by Hermen Anglada-Camarasa. On the first floor of the hotel, there is a book shop where one can buy various books about design.

Operation hours: Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 9pm; Sundays and holidays from 10 am to 2 pm; cllosed on Mondays.
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Parish Church of Sant Jaume

10) Parish Church of Sant Jaume

The works on the Parish Church of Sant Jaume began in 1327. Built in Gothic style, the church had a cross-vaulted nave and the arch-stones were decorated with the coats of arms of the families who donated money for its construction. The portal dates back to 1776 and is in baroque style. In 1870, the church was seriously damaged, but has been recently restored. Today, you will see a beautiful rose window at the front of the church and gilded altars inside.
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Church of Santa Magdalena

11) Church of Santa Magdalena

Located at Plaça de Santa Magdalena, next to the Convent of Santa Magdalena de Palma, the Church of Santa Magdalena is another impressive place of worship in Palma de Mallorca, dating back to the 14th century. It has been constructed in baroque style and in 1740 it has been completely rebuilt keeping its original design. It is the place where you can find the remains of Santa Catalina Tomàs. She was an orphan with a difficult childhood. Catalina was brought up in the house of her uncle, where she worked as a servant and a shepherdess. At an early age, the girl wanted to join the religious life. Thus, at the age of 12, she went to the Convent of St. Mary Magdalena with a request to become a nun. But, due to her age, the Convent refused and Catalina sat down on the stone, which has survived until present day, and said she would not move away until she was accepted into the monastery. It is also believed that Catalina was a mystic and prophetess.
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Church of Santa Catalina de Sena

12) Church of Santa Catalina de Sena

Situated at Carrer de Sant Miquel, the Church of Santa Catalina de Sena was founded by Joan Baptista Despuig, a member of a 12th Century Order of Santiago, he was buried by the altar.

The church is dedicated to Santa Catalina, a nun who lived in the 14th century. Santa Catalina actively worked to solve the problems of the Catholic Church and was also the one who convinced Pope Gregory XI to transfer his administration back to Rome. In 1680, Francisco Herrera finalized the building in Italian style.

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