THE MARCH PALACE
Visit the amazing March palace in the heart of the historic centre next to the cathedral
The March palace, or Palau March, was home to Mallorcan born Juan March (1880-1962), founder of Banca March. The March family is the 7th most wealthy family in Spain.
Palau March is situated just behind the cathedral of Palma, you can’t avoid seeing it!
The beautiful palace was designed by the Madrid based architect, Luis Gutierrez Soto, and executed in the years between 1939 and 1945. The architecture of this amazing construction, beautifully mixes the traditional Mallorcan characteristics with typical Italian baroque.
Some architectural features to highlight would be; the colonnade, the ornamented facade and the impressive courtyard of honor.
The March foundation museum
The March foundation, was established by Bartolomé March (1917-1998), son of Juan March.
Bartolomé found the world of arts quite intriguing, already in an early age. His parents supported his desire to explore and learn more of this world, and made sure he received the proper education within arts.
Bartolomé established the March foundation in 1975, and made the Palace the main exhibition hall in honor of his parents.
Inside the museum, you will experience first hand how life would be like, if money was no longer an issue!
Some of the more interesting collections include: Lithographic works by Salvador Dalí, wall paintings by Josep Maria Sert (1874-1945) and some cartographics dating back from medieval times.
Another impressive work in the museum, is the paintings in the ceilings on the first floor. They are also made by Josep Maria Sert, and split into four different pieces, each in a vault. Three of the four paintings represent the virtues: Boldness, inspiration and sense. The fourth painting, is portraying Juan March, and completes the entire work.
How to get to the March palace
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.