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Angle view of the front of the fortress
Here are a few more pictures of the architecture in the fortress for viewing, and well worth the trek to see it all.
Arched supports in Queens chambers
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
Peaceful pools of water
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.
View of the city from the bay
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.
Uniforms of the 1800's for the volunteer soldiers
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.
Crypt of a saint
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
View of castle from the bay
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.
Closed door shuts you out
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
Arched ceiling of the main bath section
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
View of the front of the fortress
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.
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