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Historical Landmarks in Palma
Palma has an exciting history: founded as a Roman camp, the area has been through intriguing and fascinating changes over the centuries. There's a lot to learn and plenty of photo-worthy sites, so here are some of the best historical landmarks in Palma. Before getting stuck in, book one of our airport transfersto get you to your accommodation.
La Seu Cathedral
Rising as if from the sea and standing tall above the rest of the city, La Seu Cathedral was built between 1229 and 1601. Its Gothic towers and sandstone walls make it an eye-catching sight, particularly from a leisurely boat ride on the coast. Inside, there's the 12m rose window, made of 1236 pieces of stained glass and Gaudi's unfinished Crown of Thorns.
Palace de l'Almudaina
Next to the Cathedral, this is the former home of Majorca's rulers and was rebuilt in a Gothic style by King James II of Majorca in 1309. The original Islamic architecture, such as Moorish arches, are still visible. Wander through to see paintings, furniture and tapestries from the building's history or spend time under the sun in its courtyard.
Castell de Bellver Castle
Three kilometres west of the centre of Palma, this Gothic castle sits on a hill overlooking the city. History buffs will love its story: first the home to the kings of Majorca, it was then a military prison and now it's the site of Palma's History Museum. Climb to the roof to look down and compare the different architectural styles involved in its creation.
Basilica de Sant Francesc
This 13th-century church had its façade remodelled in the 17th century after it was struck by lightning. It's typically Majorcan in design, with a huge sandstone wall and a delicate rose window at its centre. Stroll through the orange and lemon trees in the cloisters, then, once inside, see the tomb of Ramon Llull, a Catalan mystic who was stoned to death for trying to convert Tunisian Muslims in the 1300s.
These baths date from around the 10th century and they're almost everything that's left of the Arab city of Medina Mayurqa. A domed exterior with round windows and interior columns that are all different sizes – it's believed that Banys Àrabs were once part of a nobleman's house. There's also a peaceful and secluded garden outside for a picnic and a moment of rest.
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