After Palma de Mallorca was conquered on 12.31.1229 by Jaume I, a few days later construction of the cathedralon begun on the foundations of the former mosque. The Gothic nave was completed in the 16th century while the facade was not completed until the 20th century.
The city hall of Palma was built in 1649, it is a beautiful baroque building at the Plaça de Cort. The wide cantilevered roof of dark cedar wood is unusual. Just around the corner, there is the neo-gothic Consell de Mallorca (photo). It was the administration building of the Kingdom of Majorca until 1718.
In Palma, there are beautiful buildings of the Spanish Art Nouveau, the "Modernismo". The architect Francesc Roca built the two houses on the Plaza del Mercat in 1911. The houses "Can Casasayas" and the "Pension Menorquina" have uniform facades and are separated only by a narrow lane.
The Franciscan Order built its first church in Mallorca in 1281. Later the monastery was expanded and received a Gothic cloister. The simple natural stone facade of the "Convent Sant Francesc" was built in the 17th century.
The main shopping street of Palma connects the "Plaça Major" with the "Plaça d 'Espanya", where the train station is located. From the shaded pedestrian zone you can also get to the market hall "Mercat de l'Olivar". On the "Carrer de Sant Miquel" there are two beautiful churches and the museum "Fundació Juan March".
Palma has a well preserved town center, with many nice old streets. East of the cathedral are medieval buildings, with wide cantilevered roofs and clear shapes. However, most buildings in the old town are not as old as they look. Most houses where built between the 17th to the 19th century.
Similar to the Rambla, the Passeig des Born is also a beautiful alley with a wide sidewalk in the middle. However, there are numerous shops on both sides of the street. At the northern end is the Plaça Rei Carles I with a small fountain.
The "Plaça Major" of Palma is similar to other Spanish cities, a large rectangular square in the center with a uniform facade design. Those who like artisan markets and street artists in "funny" costumes are at the right spot. But there are also cafes and restaurants anlong the beautiful square.
The Plaça d'Espanya is the center of Palma, here is the starting point of all the distance measurements of the island and the train station. In the middle of the square stands the equestrian statue of Jaume I, the Conquistador, who expelled the Muslims from the island in 1229.
Welcome to Palma
Palma is the capital of the Balearic Islands with around 400,000 inhabitants. The city has a beautiful medieval old town with lively streets and squares. The main attraction of Palma is the mighty cathedral. The view from the Castillo Belver is also highly recommended.