Palma Museums and Galleries

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Culturally Palma boasts castles, a cathedral, multiple museums and world class art galleries.

Cathedral

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The cathedral of Palma is called La Seu and it is considered one of the most beautiful churches in the world. The famous Catalan architect Antonio Gaudí said about La Seu that it was “the greatest and most perfect achievement of gothic style in terms of harmony, construction and mechanics”.
After his victory against the Muslims in 1229 King Jaume I wrote in his diary that his wish was to build a church in gratitude. The construction site was chosen as the place where the biggest mosque in the island had been built and the King ordered the placing of the first stone of the Christian cathedral in 1230.

Bellver Castle

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Bellver Castle is undoubtedly one of the most original, emblematic buildings in Mallorca’s history. It was built between 1300 and 1311 on the instructions of King James II of Mallorca and is three kilometres from the city centre of Palma, on top of a hill 112 metres above sea level.
It has a very specific original design, made up of a Gothic building that forms a perfect circle around a courtyard of the same shape, with four big towers facing the four points of the compass.
Although attempts have been made to find earlier circular castles that may have inspired Bellver’s construction, everything seems to indicate that it is an innovative, genuinely new work of architecture.
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Es Baulard - Modern Art

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Es Baluard is a museum of modern and contemporary art. This opened in 2004 and has a collection of over 500 works from modern and contemporary artists from the Balearic Islands and some of the most famous artists around the globe. There are exhibitions, activities and training cycles, as well as a living laboratory for current creative practices.
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Pilar & Joan Miro Gallery

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The Fundació Pilar i Joan Miró a Mallorca is unique to the world. It is one of the few museums where visitors can see the artist’s creative surroundings, by being in the studios in which Joan Miró worked from 1956 until his death in 1983. Through these studios, we can gain an insight into the atmosphere that formed the backdrop to his work and we can reconstruct Miró’s creative process through contemplating his paintings, objects and the tools he used.
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The Almudaina Palace

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The Almudaina Palace was built as an Arabian Fort but was claimed as official royal residence in the14th century.
The main entrance to the Almudaina Palace leads to the King's Courtyard or Courtyard of Honour. This is where we find the Saint Anna Chapel that dates back to the beginning of the 14th century.
The royal family still use this as state ceremonies and reception although has a private residence at the Palace of Mairivent on the outskirts of Palma.

Mallorca Museum / Arab Baths

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Mallorca Museum
Found in the old town the 'Museu de Mallorca' has exhibits which help you get an understanding of the history and art of Mallorca.

Arab Baths
Just round the corner from the museum are the Arab Baths they are one of the few remaining examples of Muslim architecture in Palma and date back to a period between the 10th and 12th centuries.

Casal Solleric Palma

Casal Solleric

   

One of the last stately homes that were built in Palma. Built in the mid eighteenth century and located in the heart of the city, its style is baroque inspiration. The layout of the building is attributed architect Gaspar Palmer , while the wrought iron and the sculptural decoration are of the artist Antonio Soldati. The owners, the Morell family, wanted to become a meeting place for artists and writers.
It opened in 1985 for Contemporary Art and photography and is managed by the city of Palma through the Palma Espai d' Art Foundation. Throughout the year has a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions in different spaces.
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