Visiting Santa Eulàlia in Palma
Santa Eulàlia is dedicated to Eulàlia of Barcelona, and was built in 1236, just a few years after the Catalan conquest of Mallorca, on top of a former Moorish mosque.
Santa Eulàlia is situated on a charming little plaza about 5-7 minutes walk from the cathedral of Sa Seu, in the historic centre of Palma.
The massive dimensions of this church, is evidence of the importance of it during medieval times. It was here that king Jaume II, son of king Jaume I, took oath when being crowned king of Mallorca.
August 2nd 1391, a rebellion against the crown of Mallorca led to the death of nearly 300 Jews, who was considered to be faithful to the royal crown. Those Jews who wasn’t killed on that night and didn’t managed to flee, converted in Santa Eulàlia and was therefore known as the church of conversion.
Architecture of Santa Eulàlia
Most of the church was finished in the Middle Ages, between the 15th and 16th century.
The facade of Santa Eulàlia, is finished in Neo-gothic style dating from the 19th century. On the side of Carrer Santa Eulàlia, you can see the picture of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary (announcement from the angel Gabriel that Mary should become mother of Jesus). On the side of Carrer del Sant Christ, you can see the pictures of the Epiphany (day when God incarnated as Jesus). Both sides, has beautiful Gothic arches and columns.
The main facade, was constructed in the late 19th century to the start of the 20th century, besides from the amazing rose window, which is preserved from the original old facade from the 1400’s.
On the balconys around the building, notice the many gargoyles. These mysterious monsters, was believed to keep all evil away.
Special interest inside Santa Eulàlia
1. The lateral entrance on the side of Carrer Santa Eulàlia, opens to the chapel of Saint Eligiu, patron saint of blacksmiths and silversmiths, and whose symbol is the silver vase that can be seen on the altarpiece and on the marble slab in the floor.
2. The pulpit, from which the famous Valencian Saint Vincent Ferrer (Angel of Last Judgment) spoke from, is too preserved here in this church. His picture is displayed on the upper part of the commemorative stone, and the inscription of 1413, which could have been the year of his preaching here.
3. The Baroque altarpiece of Dominican friar Albert Burgunya.
How to get to Torre de Canyamel
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.
Palma's other main tourist attractions
LA SEU – PALMA’S CATHEDRAL
Palma’s impressive cathedral stands out from the rest of the buildings in the capital with its imposing dimensions and beautiful architecture that can be seen from far away. La Seu is the main attraction of Palma and the trademark of the island, it is simply made to impress. Famous architects like Gaudí and Guillem Segrera have too been involved in the construction of this beauty, which is considered one of the most impressive and largest in Europe.
PALAU DE L’ALMUDAINA
The Almudaina palace is the most historical building in all of Mallorca. It was originally built as the seat of the governor back in Moorish times and has ever since been a place of royal affairs. The Almudaina palace is an interesting attraction with a lot of history to tell.
CASTELL DE BELLVER
The Bellver castle is the crown of Palma. This unique round shaped fortress overlooks the entire bay of Palma from its hilltop position, which itself makes it attractive to visit. There is a lot of interesting things to this medieval fortress and, the historical museum of Palma is also found here.
Enter this grandiose mansion in the heart of Palma full of detailed architecture evidencing the wealth of the families that have lived here. Casal Solleric is a free to enter public exhibition space, the rooms beautifully combines original furniture and contemporary arts, making it a dynamic and interesting place to visit.
Palma Aquarium is an attraction for the entire family to enjoy. The aquarium houses the largest shark tank in Europe, and you can even swim with the sharks if you have a PADI license, or sail in a little boat on top of the tank. There are many fun and interesting activities to do in Palma Aquarium, along with numerous event throughout the day, making it a dynamic and entertaining visit for all ages.
FERROCARRIL DE SÓLLER
Get on board on this antique train departing from Placa Espanya, and wait for the whistle to blow and the engine to start pulling the old wooden cars out of Palma and towards the beautiful mountains to reach the picturesque town of Sóller.
REIAL CONVENT DE SANT FRANCESC
Visit one of Palma’s most historical convents, the Sant Francesc located in the old city. Inside, you can enjoy some of the most unique Gothic architecture, a heavenly courtyard surrounded by a beautiful cloister, and, the tomb of one of the most famous Mallorcans, Ramon Llull.