TORRES DE GUMARA (EL TEMPLE)
Tower of Gumara is situiated in Palma’s old historic town centre
This old fortress, known as “Gumara”, was built during the Moorish era (902-1231).
After the Catalan conquest of Mallorca, king Jaume I parted the island and gave it to those Knights Templar whom had supported him in the conquest. Over time, the Templar left the fortress and it fell in the hands of the order of Saint John of Malta.
In 1835, the first Carlist war broke out in Spain. In order to raise funds to support queen Isabella, prime minister Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, seized all monasteries and convents in Spain and sold them to private investors, who were promised profitable investments in Spain.
The fortress was left in a poor condition, with marks of pain. The Mallorcan poet, Tomás Aguiló, wrote a poem of this temple, expressing the many faces of this place, called “The walls of the Temple” (Los Muros del Temple).
Architecture of Gumara
The entry towers to the old compound remain from the old Muslim fortification, as well as part of the church. Romanesque-style elements of the Gothic church that were saved in the 19th century restoration include two side chapels (with typically Romanesque archivolts and simple sculptures), the door and the part corresponding to the atrium (porticoed gallery). The panel of Saint Bernar that comes from this church is on display in the Diocesan Museum. It is thought to be one of the oldest in Majorca and contains a representation of the scene of the Lactation of Saint Bernard and an exorcism
How to get to Torres Gumara
Palma is the capital of Mallorca and seat of the Balearic government. Palma was founded during the occupation of the Roman empire, about 123 BC, and later developed by the Moors and Catalans. Palma has several times been awarded best place in the world to live; it is a city of great diversity, cultural heritage and commercial activity, making it an attractive city to a broad audience. Palma is one of the best places in Spain to go shopping, all the new arrivals from other Mediterranean capitals arrive here before other places in the world, plus, there are hundreds of local specialty boutiques.
The rich history of Palma has left an incredible amount of landmarks and points of interest to discover i.e. the Arabian baths, the cathedral, the Bellver castle, the Almudaina palace etc., as well as hundreds of other unique constructions perfect for sightseeing in the city.