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BELLVER CASTLE

  • Category : Art and Culture
  • City : Palma de Mallorca
  • Setting : Amidst pine woods at 112 m above sea level
Bellver Castle is a Gothic-style construction built between 1276 and 1349 by the mallorquin architect Pedro Salvà at the request of King Jaime II who worked together with Francisco Cabalti author of the paintings inside the castle . What makes it unique is the singular round layout of its construction similar to the design of the Herodion palace in Cisjordan.

During the War of the Spanish Succession the castle was used as a political prison and in 1717 it was converted in military prison with its own garrison. Nowadays, it houses the City Historical Museum, which contains pieces from archaeological excavations, municipal art collections and the Despuig Classical Sculpture Collection. It also houses the chapel of Saint Marc, patron saint of the castle.

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Its name comes from ancient Catalan and means "Buena Vista", (fair view) as the views of the city, the port, the Sierra Tramuntana Mountains and the Pla de Mallorca from its 112 meter height are absolutely wonderful.

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