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Architecture of Balearic Islands

09 October 2009

10th C – Arab Baths, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

These 10th century baths are virtually all that remain of the Arab city of Medina Mayurqa. They were probably part of a nobleman’s house and are similar to those found in other Islamic...

09 October 2009

1310 – Castell De Bellver, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Architect: Pere Salva Begun by Jaume II in 1300 and built by Pere Salva, the architect of the Almudaina Palace, it is unique among Spanish castles in being entirely round. Three large towers...

10 October 2009

1362 – Ciutadella Cathedral, Ciudadela, Menorca, Spain

On Plaça Pío XII, and built by orders of King Alfonso III of Aragón, conqueror of the Island (1287), on an ancient Moorish mosque, the Cathedral is in the Catalan Gothic style of...

09 October 2009

13th C – Monastery of St. Francis, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

An austere facade relieved only by an ornate rose window and a fabulously baroque doorway masks a wonderful interior at the Monastery of St. Francis. The carved detail in the exterior of the...

09 October 2009

1452 – La Lonja, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Architect: Guillermo Sagrera Some of the most distinguished Majorcan work of the fifteenth century, between 1420 and 1452, and was done by the sculptor and architect Guillermo Sagrera, who built the “Lonja” of...

09 October 2009

14th C. – Almudaina Palace, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Architect: Pere Salva This was the Muslim palace of the Banu Ganiya, at the edge of the port. The building was converted into a palace at the beginning of the 14th century on...

09 October 2009

1601 – Palma Cathedral, Mallorca, Spain

The Seo was build on the site of an existing Arab mosque. The legend has it that one night in 1229, as Jaime I was on his way to recapture Majorca, his fleet...

09 October 2009

17th C – Consulado del Mar, Palma, Mallorca, Spain

Close to “La Lonja”, with an outstanding Renaissance gallery of 17th century. Today this building is the seat of the autonomous government.