Palma de Mallorca

Dominating the square that has long been the heart of municipal power in Palma is the ajuntament. The baroque facade hides a longer history: the town hall building grew out of a Gothic hospital raised here shortly after the island's conquest. On the top floor of the main facade sits the town clock, En Figuera, purchased in France in 1863.

You can generally enter the foyer only where you will see a Gothic entrance, a fine sweeping staircase and around half a dozen gegants (huge figures of kings, queens and other characters that are paraded around town on people's shoulders during fiesta) in storage.

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Nearby Palma de Mallorca attractions

1. Centre Maimó ben Faraig

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Palma's long Jewish history is given some recognition in this small interpretation centre, attached to the Can Bordils. As well as illustrated panels…

2. Can Oms

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The 18th-century baroque pati of this grand house is one of Palma's most beautiful and visible from the street.

3. Can Bordils

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This 16th-century mansion with a 17th-century courtyard is home to the Arxiu Municipal, which sometimes holds temporary exhibitions. Unlike many of Palma…

4. Porta de l'Almudaina

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The arch over Carrer de l'Almudaina east of Can Bordils is intriguing for history buffs, part of a rare stretch of defensive wall and tower. It is said to…

5. Església de Santa Eulàlia

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The oldest parish church in Palma, raised after the 1229 conquest, the Església de Santa Eulàlia is a soaring Gothic structure with a neo-Gothic facade…

6. Can Marquès

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With its broad, cobbled courtyard, graced by tumescent cylindrical columns and a grand staircase, the Can Marquès is one of Old Palma's most beautiful…

7. Cal Poeta Colom

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The wrought-iron balconies and inverted pyramidal columns of this 16th-century residence's pati (patio) can be seen from the street, through its arched…

8. Can Vivot

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Built on the site of an earlier house in 1690 by Joan Sureda Villalonga, later to become the first Marquis of Vivot.