Royal Palace of Almudaina, Mallorca's Alcazar

Royal Palace of Almudaina, Mallorca's Alcazar

Next to the cathedral, this proud hidalgo palace took on its present shape in the thirteenth century, on the site of a Moorish Alcazar.

Almudaina - which means "citadel" in Arabic - is a true concentrate of Mallorcan history. After the foundation of Palma the Roman in 123 BC, a fortress was erected here in the 10th century and transformed into a princely residence under the Umayyad caliphate of Cordoba. After the conquest of the island by James I of Aragon in 1229, the old Moorish castle became a real Catalan palace, revamped during the reign of Philip II of Spain. "Nothing is more proud, more characteristic, more hidalgo than this manor," George Sand wrote of this magnificent building which remains, to this day, the official residence of the King and Queen of Spain during their visits to the Balearic Islands. Besides the Palace of the King and that of the Queen, the citadel, which overlooks the port and bay of Palma, houses an independent building called "Salo del Tinell" - comparable in splendour to the Palace of the Kings of Mallorca's Throne in Perpignan - and a remarkable royal chapel. Mudéjar style and Levantine gothic architecture are intertwined here, all decorated with numerous Flemish tapestries dating from the 14th to the 16th century.

Palau de La Almudaina
Carrer del Palau Reial, s/n
07001 Palma de Mallorca

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