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Palma Museums and Galleries - see also Theatre

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 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 major sights in Palma. 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 Baluard - 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 & Joan Miró gallery in Palma,Mallorca is unique to the world. In this museum you can view what were the artist’s creative surroundings, i.e. the studios in which Joan Miró worked from 1956 until his death in 1983. In these studios, you can gain an insight into the atmosphere that formed the backdrop to his work and it can help you imagine and reconstruct Miró’s creative process through his paintings, objects and the tools he used.
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Palau March Sculpture Gallery
   

Modern & contemporary sculptures next to the Cathedral in a historical palace. With sculptures by; Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Rodin and an array of Spanish artists.

Palau Reial 18 | Palma de Mallorca | 07001
Monday – Friday 10 - 5 (April – October 10 – 6.30)
Saturday 10 - 2 Sunday and Bank Holidays closed

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Juan March Contemporary Gallery
   

Modern Art exhibitions and a collection of over seventy permanent works by the most important Spanish artists of the 20th Century, Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Juan Gris and Salvador Dalí among them.

Monday–Friday: 10 – 6.30 Saturday: 10.30 –2pm
Sunday/Holidays: Closed
Free entrance

Found amongst the shops on Sant Miquel 11, just take the northern shopping street off the Placa Major.
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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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Train to Soller
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Ever since 1912 the Sóller railway has been running a daily train service along the 27.3 km route between Palma de Mallorca and Sóller, without interruption. From 1913 it has also run the tram service along the 4.9 kilometres from Sóller and the Port of Sóller.
The railway is characterized, amongst other things, by the fact that it is narrow gauge, the track width being 914 mm (an English yard), which is rarely used nowadays; moreover its rolling stock is extremely varied and meticulously finished, and maintained using traditional methods.
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