Visit the beautifil Neo-Gothic Santa Eulàlia parish church
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.
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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.
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Palma cathedral La Seu is an amazing sight, both from the inside and outside. Palma cathedral is one of the biggest in Europe, and great artists like Gaudi have worked on the amazing temple. There are guided tours and you can even visit the rooftop terraces offering magical views.
The Antique Train
The antique train is a great attraction for young and adults. The ride takes you through some of the most beautiful areas of the Tramuntana, passing through orange plantations, olive groves and green valleys. The authentic feeling of the old marhogany cars bumping along the rails completes the experience.
Castell de Bellver
Castell de Bellver is a unique castle, due to its round shape and splendid location on a hilltop above Palma's bay. Much of Mallorca's most dramatic times are linked to the Bellver castle, and you will also find Palma's historical museum here. It's a great attraction for all ages.
Cuevas del Drach
Cuevas del Drach (Dragon Caves) is a great attraction to visit for all ages. Inside the stalagmite and stalactite caves in Porto Cristo, you will meet a true wonder of nature, along with the biggest underground lake in Europe on which an orchester will play a beautiful live concert on before you can enjoy a short ride.
Santuari de Lluc
Santuari de Lluc is a monastery situated deep in the highest areas of the Tramuntana, in divine natural surroundings. Lluc is a great attraction for everyone, you can discover the ethnological museum, enjoy a concert by the famous child choir, visit the botanical gardens and see the holy Madonna.
A visit to the ethnological museum of La Granja in the mountain village of Esporles takes you on an interesting journey back in time to discover how life in mallorca was for the wealthy landowners and their servants. La Granja is a museum suitable for all ages, there is plenty to see and do here for young and adults.
Sa Dragonera is an island and protected nature reserve just off the coast of Sant Elm, Andratx. Sa Dragonera is home to indigenious lizards that are very human-friendly, and has become a trademark of Mallorca. About on the beautiful island, you can walk along multiple trails to some of the most amazing vantage points and find ancient watchtowers from the time of pirates.
The royal Almudaina Palace is closely linked to multiple epochs in the history of Mallorca. The ancient palace was built as the seat for the Moorish governor back in the 10th century, and was the first building in the city of Palma as we know it today. Inside you will discover an impressive collection of ancient artifacts and artworks, along with the authentic surroundings of the palace that is now used by the royalties of Spain when visiting the island.