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Palma de Mallorca

Palma de Mallorca, Palma for short, is the capital of the island of Mallorca and also of the Balearic Islands. The city has a population of 405,000 inhabitants.

The island of Mallorca was conquered by the Romans in 120 BC, who have founded the city of Palma.

In the heart of the city is the Plaza Mayor, a copy of the similar plaza in Madrid. The Plaza Mayor radiates a typical Spanish atmosphere and is surrounded by many terraces and there occurred many street artists.

The great cathedral of Palma Le Seu dates from 1230. Its construction took 400 years. The cathedral is 121 meters long and 55 meters wide. The church has a rose window of 11.5 meters in diameter, the largest in the world. In the early 20th century, the interior was adjusted by Gaudi. He designed chandeliers and the unfinished crown of thorns above the altar. Next to the cathedral is the Parc de la Mar separated by walls filled with benches to enjoy the view.

The huge round Bellver castle is a 14th century castle. The castle has four round towers, one of which is connected through a bridge to the main building is. The main building is a dungeon called the Torre de l'Homenatge. The fortress served as the residence of the king of Mallorca in the 14th century. In the 18th century it was a prison in the 19th century a mint. Currently there is a museum.

The old town is situated behind the cathedral and consists of quiet, narrow streets filled with interesting buildings. The architecture is very similar to that of Florence.

The Banys Arabs, the Arab baths, are a relic of the Moorish period. They are located in Ca'n Serra street and situated in a garden full of cacti, palms, ferns and flowers. The building consists of two rooms and was originally Byzantine and dates from the 11th century. The twelve columns supporting the building are of Roman origin.

On the Carrer de la Portella the Museo de Mallorca is located. The museum houses medieval paintings, archaeological objects from Roman and Moorish periods.

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