Tower of Gumara is situiated in Palma’s old historic town centre
This old fortress, known as “Gumara”, was built during the Moorish era (902-1231).
After the Catalan conquest of Mallorca, king Jaume I parted the island and gave it to those Knights Templar whom had supported him in the conquest. Over time, the Templar left the fortress and it fell in the hands of the order of Saint John of Malta.
In 1835, the first Carlist war broke out in Spain. In order to raise funds to support queen Isabella, prime minister Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, seized all monasteries and convents in Spain and sold them to private investors, who were promised profitable investments in Spain.
The fortress was left in a poor condition, with marks of pain. The Mallorcan poet, Tomás Aguiló, wrote a poem of this temple, expressing the many faces of this place, called “The walls of the Temple” (Los Muros del Temple).
Architecture of Gumara
The entry towers to the old compound remain from the old Muslim fortification, as well as part of the church. Romanesque-style elements of the Gothic church that were saved in the 19th century restoration include two side chapels (with typically Romanesque archivolts and simple sculptures), the door and the part corresponding to the atrium (porticoed gallery). The panel of Saint Bernar that comes from this church is on display in the Diocesan Museum. It is thought to be one of the oldest in Majorca and contains a representation of the scene of the Lactation of Saint Bernard and an exorcism
Other things to see in Palma near the Gumara tower
Bellver fortress, interesting place to visit
Sa Seu cathedral, the architectural gothic masterpiece
La Llotja, most beautiful Gothic inspired building
Pueblo Espanyol, entire village showcasing the best of Spanish architecture design
l’Almudaina Palace, former royal palace
Convent of Sant Fransesc, grave of Ramon Llull
Santa Eulàlia, church with beautiful decorations
Old veteran train ride
Casal Solleric, public cultural space and exhibition hall
Cas Casasayas, impressive modernist architecture
Genova stalactite caves and restaurant
Joan Miro museum and exhibition
Baluard, impressive views and art collection from the island
March palace and sculpture collection