In this article I will continue describing Mallorca. Today is time for capital of the island, Palma de Mallorca. The previous article was about the major holiday resort Magaluf.
Palma de Mallorca is the major city and port on the island of Mallorca and capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. Its airport, Son Sant Joan, serves over 22 million passengers each year. The major touristic attraction is La Seu,also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria of Palma :
It is a Gothic Roman Catholic cathedral, built on the site of a pre-existing Arab mosque. It is 121 metres long, 55 metres wide and its nave is 44 metres tall. Designed in the Catalan Gothic style but with Northern European influences, it was begun by King James I of Aragon in 1229 but finished only in 1601. It sits within the old city of Palma atop the former citadel of the Roman city, between the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and the episcopal palace. It also overlooks the Parc de la Mar and the Mediterranean Sea.
Another famous historical place is Royal Palace of La Almudaina :
Having been built as an Arabian Fort, it was claimed as official royal residence in the early 14th century. Inside it has many empty rooms, however, when King James II began restoration, his design plan included the encompassing of the small, romanesque Chapel of Saint Anne. It stands opposite the dramatic Palma Cathedral with commanding views over the Bay of Palma. Nowadays the King uses it as official residence for ceremonies and State receptions.
Shortly about Palma :
- Area (total) : 213,55 km²
- Population (2012) : 407.648
- Official languages : Mallorcan ( similar to the Catalan), Spanish
Enjoy the large gallery from Palma de Mallorca, which covers deeply the Cathedral, the Royal Palace of La Almudaina and city center.