Palau March

Palau March information

Palma de Mallorca , Spain
Address
Street Carrer de Palau Reial 18
Prices
adult/child €4.50/free
Opening hours
10am-6.30pm Mon-Fri, to 2pm Sat
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Lonely Planet review

This house, palatial by any definition, was one of several residences of the phenomenally wealthy March family. Sculptures by 20th-century greats, such as Henry Moore, Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth and Eduardo Chillida, grace the outdoor terrace. Within lie many more artistic treasures from some of Spain's big names in art, such as Salvador Dalí, and Barcelona's Josep Maria Sert and Xavier Corberó, as well as an extraordinary 18th-century Neapolitan baroque belén (nativity scene).

Entry is through an outdoor terrace display of modern sculptural works. Centre stage is taken by Corberó's enormous Orgue del Mar (1973).

Inside, more than 20 paintings by Dalí around the themes 'Alchemy and Eternity' catch the eye, as does the belén with hundreds of incredibly detailed figures, from angels to kings, shepherds to farm animals and market scenes, making up a unique representation of Christ’s birth.

Upstairs, the artist Josep Maria Sert (1874–1945) painted the main vault and music room ceiling. The vault is divided into four parts, the first three representing three virtues (audacity, reason and inspiration) and the last the embodiment of those qualities in the form of Sert’s client Juan March. One of the rooms hosts an intriguing display of medieval maps of the Mediterranean by Mallorquin cartographers.