Beautiful old manor house in the centre of Artà
During the 19th and 20th centuries, the first emigrants that had made their fortunes in America returned to Artà. They were known as Indianos.
The return of this new rich collective started a dispute: wealthy classes and newcomers competed to show their economic power through their properties. Indianos imported new building styles from America, and Na Batlessa is a good example of this.
This early 20th century building, features an independent volume placed on a small podium and surrounded by a balustrade. The main facade forms a big triangular pediment, boasting a beautiful stairway and a balcony on the main floor. The owner of Na Batlessa, Cristòfol Ferrer, donated the complex to the Town Hall in 1984. Thus, the building became a public space hosting a public library and an exhibition space.