Placed in an honorable neighborhood, between the Cathedral of Palma (La Seu) and the Parc de la Mar, every brick used in the construction of Almudaina Palace witnessed social and political changes, ever since Moorish times. The Palace of Almudaina (or Palacio de l’Almudaina, La Almudaina) whose name properly means “citadel” has roman origins but it was further developed by Moorish then redesigned starting with 1281 till 1343, by Jaume II (the sun of Jaume I the Conqueror), Sanç I (Sancho I) and Jaume III. It was the administrative centre of the island till 1349, when it passed in the possession of Pere IV of Aragon.
Palace Almudaina has a few separate buildings serving different purposes, a rectangular tower serving as a palace and residence for the king, a palace for the queen, the Tinell Hall and few courtyards and terraces. The interiors are nicely decorated, with furniture dating from different periods of time and beautiful tapestries. Inside the King’s courtyard we can see one of the most interesting elements of the Castle Almudaina, a small chapel, built in the 14th century, whose style is strongly influenced by Roman tradition and was periodically embellished with sculptured capitals featuring animal motifs. Other impressive rooms are the throne room, similar to the one found in the palace of Perpignan and Santa Praxedis chapel. Starting approximately 50 years ago, the Palace went to a series of restorations, as it is part of Patrimonio Nacional.
The Palace of Almudaina can be reached either by foot or using public transportation (bus line 15) from downtown Palma.
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