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23rd of May 2017

Mallorca is loaded with history and tourist attractions, from its stunning mountains, charming gardens to its breathtaking beaches. There are also many beautiful architectures that are worth for a visit here like the following.

Palacio de la Almudaina ( Address: Almudaina Palace C/Palau Rial, 20, Palma / Phone: +34 971 214 134
/ Opening hours are: Summer – Monday to Friday 10:00 to 18:30, Saturdays: 10:00 to 14:00, Closed Sundays; Winter – Monday to Friday 10:00 to 14:00 and 16:00 to 18:00 Closed Saturday and Sunday)

Palacio de la Almudaina or the Almudaina Palace is the result of the modifications to the Moorish fortress that was built in 9th century on the same spot where the Romans had their fortress. Later it was burnt by Christians and then in 13th century, King Jaime II converted it into a palace for the Mallorcan Kings. The building contains a rectangular tower, a hall known as Tinell, the Royal Chapel, courtyards, the Patio del Rey (King’s Palace) and Queens Patio (Queen’s Palace). The building’s exterior has 4 towers at the corners with a big one in the middle which is topped by a statue of Guardian Angel. In addition, it has a solid outer wall which is said to be part of the original citadel. Nowadays it is a museum containing art including an excellent collection of paintings, Flemish tapestries and oriental carpets. It also functions as an official residence when the King of Spain visits for the official summer ceremonies.

Sa Llotja (Address: Carrer de la Llotja de Mar, 2, 07012 Palma de Mallorca / Opening Hours: 8am – 11:30pm everyday and close every Sunday)

Often mistaken for a church, but actually Sa Llotja or La Lonja is originally the headquarters of the School of Merchants (Col.legi de Mercaders or Merchants guild). This Gothic style building was made by Mallorcan architect and sculptor Guillem Sagrera between 1426 and 1448. The result was a rectangular shaped building that has an octagonal tower at each corner, with ten smaller towers to act as defenses. The main doorway from the square has interesting sculptures including the Ángel de los mercaderes (the merchants’ Guardian Angel) and ten gargoyles. While the interior forms a single space with two rows of tall spiral columns, creating a wonderful space with an impressive arched ceiling. Until today the building is not intended for a place of worship, instead it is used as a cultural center, staging temporary art exhibitions.

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