Mallorca Guide - Museums
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Museums and other places of interest
The Almudaina Palace
The Almudaina Palace was originally built as an Arab fortress, however, following the conquest of the island in the 14th century by King James, it became the official Mallorquian residence of the Spanish Royal Family. It stands opposite the Cathedral, overlooking the harbour.
- The Cathedral of Mallorca
The Cathedral of Mallorca, also know locally as La Seu, is an impressive Gothic style building that was built over a 300 year period during the 14th to the 17th centuries. Much of the façade was rebuilt during the 19th century after an earthquake destroyed part of its western front. It is the landmark of the city and the sight of it from the air certainly takes your breath away! Tradition has is that as Kind James and his army were sailing towards Mallorca a great storm arose that threatened to sink the fleet. The king prayed for the storm to pass and vowed that if he landed safely, he would build a great Cathedral in honour of the Virgin Mary. Symbolically on New Year’s Day 1230, a day after the fall of Palma, the foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid on the site of what was the city’s main mosque. The Cathedral is dedicated to San Sebastian, the patron saint of Palma, and contains relics and pieces of the True Cross in its treasury. Also inside the Royal Chapel are the tombs of King James II and III of Mallorca.
- The Arab Baths
The 10th century Arab Baths are virtually all that now remain of the Arab city of Medina Mayurqa. Historians believe that they were probably once part of a nobleman’s house as they are similar to those found in other Islamic cities of the time.
- Museo de Mallorca
Collections at this museum feature items from the surrounding area, including Talayotic figurines, Arab ceramics and Gothic panels. There are three main exhibit halls in the museum, each featuring a different theme, including Islamic archaeology, fine arts, and industrial arts. The museum is located at Calle Portella 5. Free admission to all on Saturday and Sunday.
- Museo de Arte Español Contemporaneo
This modern art museum includes special exhibitions along with a permanent collection that includes works by Picasso, along with other influential Spanish artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. The museum is located at Calle San Miguel 11. Admission free to all.
- Fundacion Pilar y Joan Miró
Here you will find artwork donated by the Catalonian painter Miró. The museum is located at Calle Joan de Saridakis 29. Admission free Sundays.
- Bellver Castle
Bellver Castle is the home of the city’s History Museum. Construction of the castle began in 1309 by order of King James II and during the last 700 years it has been at times the island monarchy’s summer palace and a prison. The terrace offers a panoramic view of the city and Palma bay. It is located three kilometers from the city centre with a number of buses taking visitors to within a couple of hundred meters of the entrance.
- Palau March Museu
This museum features open-air courtyards with sculptures from artists such as Rodin, Chillida and Moore. A library on the grounds includes over 70,000 books, manuscripts and other printed works. The Palau March Museu is located at Calle Palau Reial 18.
- Es Baluard, Museu d’Art Contemporani de Palma
This contemporary art museum includes work by a number of Spanish and western European artists, including Joan Miró, Picasso, Gauguin and Cezanne. The museum is located at Plaça Porta de Santa Catalina. Admission free on Tuesdays. There is also a café where you can enjoy the view of the sea and the marina.