Military museum of San Carlos in Palma

Visit the Sant Carles fortress and military museum

The fortress of Sant Carles used to guard the bay of Palma.

The fortress, which real name is Castell de Sant Carles, was ordered built by King Felipe III in the years between 1610 and 1612 after continuing requests from tradesmen in Palma who felt threatened by the many corsairs tormenting the Mediterranean basin. It was built on the exact place of a former watchtower and lighthouse.

The name of Sant Carles is believed to derive from the vice king of Spain, Carles Coloma.

In 1662, the fortress of Sant Carles was expanded and more staff was hired in. The expansion was planned and executed by military architect, Vicente Mut Armengol (1614–1687), who besides from being architect, was a trusted astronomic and writes, who later has had a lunar crater named after him, The Mutus.

In the beginning of the 20th century Sant Carles worked as a hospital, then later as a prison, before it was finally made into a military museum in 1981.

The military museum, is quite an interesting sight in Palma, and you can enjoy the wonderful views over the bay from the fortress.

How to get to the military museum of Sant Carles


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.

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