In the old Jewish neighborhood of Palma, in the Plaça del Temple across the street from El Temple (Gumara), you will find the statue of famous cartographer, Jafudà Cresques. Abraham (1325-1387) and his son Jafudà (1360-1410), were Jewish cartographers who lived in the Jewish neighborhood of Calatrada in Palma.
The Cresques’ became famous after creating the Catalan Atlas in 1375, after which their work became highly sought for, among other, by the Crown of Aragón.
The Catalan Atlas is preserved and exhibited in the National Library of France. In 1391, during the Catalan persecutions of Jews, Jafudà converted to Christianity and took the name “Jaume Riba”. The statue was made by sculptor María Isabel Ballester and erected on September 2nd, 2007, on the 8th European Day of Jewish Culture.
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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.