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Arched supports in Queens chambers - Palma de Mallorca

Arched supports in Queens chambers

La Almudaina Inside La Almudaina Review

The inside has a fair amount of items from the period which has been retained by the gentry since they lived here over the years. There are nice tapestries, furniture in good condition, everyday living necessities. The open times is 10-7PM and the fee is 6 Euro

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Peaceful pools of water - Palma de Mallorca

Peaceful pools of water

King's Garden

Along the bay side of the city is a nice park that stretches nearly the length of the old town section. It is peaceful there, and they have a couple of large pools of water besides. The gardens were a concept that happened in the 17th century to carve out a connection between the Upper and Lower sections of the city which had a river separating the two. Before that, Arabs constructed some of the gardens and pools as part of their theme of serenity by the La Almudaina Fortress. It dates back to 1200's.

Website: http://www.northsouthguides.com/mallorca_kings_garden.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Angle view of the front of the fortress - Palma de Mallorca

Angle view of the front of the fortress

La Almudaina Pictures La Almudaina Review

Here are a few more pictures of the architecture in the fortress for viewing.

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View of the city from the bay - Palma de Mallorca

View of the city from the bay

The bay inlet Coastline

The bay has a nice view of the surroundings and displays most of the city sites form the water edge. Cruise ships dock to the west end of the bay and take buses into the main part of the city.

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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Uniforms of the 1800's for the volunteer soldiers - Palma de Mallorca

Uniforms of the 1800's for the volunteer soldiers

Changing of the Guard

The changing of the guard dates back to 1808 when it was actually done for real. In 2010, they started a reenactment of the guard change of shifts to draw more tourists to the site. It is presented next to Almudaina fortress, and crowds get thick so get there early for a front row view.
The presentation takes place only one day a month, on a SAturday at the last week of a month. The time is 12 noon, except on hot summer months; then it is held at 7:30PM. We were there that day. History behind this is the volunteers of a solid troop that became one of the more disciplined group.

Website: http://mallorcaphotoblog.com/2010/01/31/changing-the-guard/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Crypt of a saint - Palma de Mallorca

Crypt of a saint

Diocesan Museum

The Episcopal Palace houses the museum of religious articles. It is located next to the DAli Murada square and close to the bay. There are two floors of items and relics and statuary. There displays are nice presented and many centuries old. They have crypts besides many pieces found in a typical church setting, but also including 200 art works from some famous known persons. After 6 years of refurbishment, the museum opened in 1916, even though the inside looks more modern today.
It is open 10-2PM MOnday-Saturday and entry fee is 3 Euro

Website: http://www.mallorcaweb.com/reports/museums/diocese-museum-of-mallorca/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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View of castle from the bay - Palma de Mallorca

View of castle from the bay

Bellver on the Hill Castillo de Bellver Review

It became the residence for the kings of the region. It took 9 years to construct and that began in 1311. It has three circular towers and the middle is a courtyard. It was not used as defense hardly at all during the centuries of change here. It turned into a prison in the 17th century and continued as so until early 1900's.
Entry is 2,50 Euro and is generally open 8:30-7:30PM Monday through Saturday, and other times opens at 10AM

Directions: Some three km from the centre of the city of Palma at some 112.60 metres above sea level.

Website: http://www.northsouthguides.com/mallorca_bellver_castle.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Closed door shuts you out

Majorca City Museum

This is said to be a nice museum-but we were there when it was to be open and NOT. It has a courtyard inside and most of the displays includes living history of the Talayotic people who were original inhabitents. There is also items of display for the Islam ruling period here.
Entry is free and it is to be open Monday-SAturday 10-5

Address: CAlle Portello 5

Directions: Behind the La Seu and on way to see Arab baths

Website: http://www.northsouthguides.com/museum_of_mallorca.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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Arched ceiling of the main bath section - Palma de Mallorca

Arched ceiling of the main bath section

Arab Bathes Arab Baths Review

Moors occupied the area for 300 years and left a legacy of architecture, and especially notable today is the Arab Baths -BAnys Arabs. The Arabs created a hydraulic system to move water around the city, and the baths was an intregal part of their everyday life. The main section has twelve columns supporting the roof structure and the cupola dome where steam escaped. Not much of the original portion remains today, and the cold bath section is all gone. There is a short 10 minute movie about the baths and Palma that is okay to view
Entry is 2 Euro and it is open generally 9:30-7PM

Directions: Located to the east of La Seu near DAli Murada and the park gardens

Website: http://www.mallorcaweb.com/reports/monuments-and-buildings/arab-baths-in-palma/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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View of the front of the fortress - Palma de Mallorca

View of the front of the fortress

Palau de La Almudaina La Almudaina Review

Almudayna is the name in Arabic and it stuck. They build this fort in 9th century and for 200 years it was the splendor upon entering the city. It was burned by the Christians, but again rebuilt in a style of African Berber design. The fortress is rectangular, with a tower in the middle called Angel Tower. In 1300's the great hall was constructed and later more rooms added under Christian rulers beginning with James I of Aragon. In the 1800's, restoration commenced on a lot of the structure, and again in 1963 for another 10 years to bring to the state it is looking like today.
Inside is divided into two distinct sections; Kings Palace and Queens Palace of which each had their own style to depict the level of class and worthy contribution to the empire. The fortress is the offical residence of today's King & Queen if they desired to stay here.

Website: http://www.northsouthguides.com/mallorca_almudaina_palace.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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