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August 2018

Majorca – in between modernism and modernity – a cultural approach
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Majorca – in between modernism and modernity – a cultural approach

Even if Barcelona is the most reputed modern city, Majorca also has its gems, even more if we talk about Palma. There are a few modernist buildings in the city, such as the Can Forteza Reynext to the Plaza Mayor, the facade of the Forn des Teatreor the Gran Hotel, which was the first luxury hotel on the islands. Let’s take them step by step. First and foremost, as I am addressing to tourists, I’ll ...
Multiculturalism – Arab integration
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Multiculturalism – Arab integration

It’s a theme that has exhaustively been analyzed by critics all over time, this being the main reason for which I wanted to talk about this theme in my blog. Having an important cultural echo, you might have wondered whether Palma had a Muslim footprint or not. If this is the case, I am confident that this article will be quite explanatory. They are accessed through a portal, with a horseshoe arch. ...
Original design, completely artistic
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Original design, completely artistic

Today I’m going to present you one of the most beautiful buildings I’ve ever seen: La Lonja. In a nutshell, it is one of the most impressive buildings in Palma’s history. Its architecture is outstanding and has been a source of inspiration for architects, poets as for all the lovers of the beautifulness. Historically speaking, this building was known as the Lonjade Palma de Mallorca(Sa Llotja). It ...
Tradition and architecture: an impressive Majorcan combo
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Tradition and architecture: an impressive Majorcan combo

After talking that much about Arab influence on the Balearic Island, especially in Majorca, I’ll talk today about something that’s very much alike. I always said that a new place can be discovered only by pure interaction both with the locals and with the place itself, in its key points. Having this in mind, you cannot pass through Majorca without seeing one of the most important architecture details ...
There’s always more to discover!
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There’s always more to discover!

Today, we are going to make an incursion in another interesting subject of Palma’s life and history: Es Baluard. I will hold it out as it is: a very important cultural heritage. As you might knew, until the end of the 19thcentury, the historic center of Palma was completely surrounded by walls. If you ask yourself when were they built, well, the response should be quite open: they built walls in all ...
Any other emblems? Yes!
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Any other emblems? Yes!

I know that this title might sound a bit overrated, in an American way of seeing it, but I have a very good reason for keeping it like it is. If Madrid is known for its emblematic “Puerta de Sol”, Palma de Mallorca also has its own gem: plaza de Cort, also known as the point 0 of Majorca. And when I say 0, we actually mean it: it’s the kilometer 0 of the city. It will cost you something to find out ...
Simply Arabic – a cultural approach from nowadays’ perspective
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Simply Arabic – a cultural approach from nowadays’ perspective

Persisting in my daily describing of Palma’s iconic buildings, today I am going to present you a new beautiful place, that’s just next to the royal palace of the Almudaina (linking with yesterday’s article): the “Hort del Rei” - "orchard of the king". This place is made of small gardens that in the past were also royal property and included fruit trees, vegetables, medicinal plants and ornamental ...
History and royalty – a Majorcan successful mix
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History and royalty – a Majorcan successful mix

Starting by having the same reputed cathedral as a point of reference, as it represents a symbol of religious power, there is the royal palace of the Almudaina, a symbol of civil power, counterpartying it. Here, the Arabs settled and, after the Reconquista, it hosted the courts of the kingdoms of Mallorca, Aragon and Spain. The remains of the Arab baths, the collections of Flemish tapestries and ...
Palma’s cultural gems
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Palma’s cultural gems

Museums are a classic. It’s true that, as the time goes by, we use to change our perception regarding classical things, as they are influenced by other factors also. For example, if all we have for visiting is a weekend, then, it wouldn’t be a good idea to spend it all in museums, unless if this was the reason of our visit. Surely, we would like to dedicate some time to walk and enjoy the city at our own ...
La “Seu” – an overwhelming presence reigning over the city of Palma
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La “Seu” – an overwhelming presence reigning over the city of Palma

Well, if all my posts lately have been focused on Palma, today I’m going to talk a little bit more about one of the most fascinating monuments that Palma has: it’s Cathedral. Undoubtedly, even if you’re staying in town for a short period, there is something that you cannot not see while in Palma: Palma de Majorca’s Cathedral. If you’re afraid about the price, don’t worry, it won’t cost you that much, ...
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