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The old city of Palma - Tourist Map. Click to enlarge the image.The ancient Roman city was located a few meters from the cathedral where the streets intersect St. Roch and the Estudi General stood the forum and the market. These two areas were the "cardo" and "decumanus" founding tract of all Roman cities.

The old city is now bounded by the sea to the south and boulevards in  saw teeth in the east, north and west. Until 1900, these arteries were occupied by walls.


The Old Town of Palma
The old city of Palma - Map of the old town of Palma. Click to enlarge the image.The old city of Palma - Map of the old town of Palma. Click to enlarge the image.The old city is divided into two parts:
  • Vila de Baix (lower city) where El Born occupies the site of an ancient river and down to the sea;
  • Dalt Vila (Upper Town) where the Barrio Antiguo houses, besides the cathedral, the most historical monuments of Palma. Sa Lonja and Almudaina are almost detached from Born, which marks the border between these two old districts.
The Discovery Tours of Old Town
The old city of Palma - The discovery tours of the old town. Click to enlarge the image.Map Legend:

Key visits:

A: Cathedral B: Almudaina Palace C: Episcopal Palace, D: City Hall, E: Casal Solleric, F: La Lonja ; G: Es Baluard H: Bellver Castle, I: Palais March ; J : Arab Baths, K: Majorca Museum, The: Market Olivar, M: Caixa Foundation, N: Miró Foundation, O: Sa Nostra Cultural Centre, P: Military Museum St. Charles

The old city of Palma - Services in the Old City. Click to enlarge the image.Other places of interest:

1: S’Hort del Rei, 2: Ses Voltes, 3: Museum of antique dolls, 4: Holy Cross Church, 5: Can Marques, 6: Can Oms, 7: Can Bordils ; 8: Can Olesa ; 9: House museum Lladí Torrens, 10: Church St. Eulalia, 11: Can Vivot, 12: Can Forteza, 13: El Aguila, 14: Courthouse, 15: Casa Cassayas, 16: Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art, 17 Church St. Francis, 18 Church St. Jerome, 19 Church Montesión ; 20 Patio de la Reserva, 21: Can Catlar, 22: Convent of Misin, 23 Church St. Claire, 24: Casa del Sagrada Temple; 25 Chapel St. John’s Hospital, 26 Oratory of St. Lawrence, 27 Church St. James, 28: St. Michael’s Church, 29 Church St. Nicolas; 30: Treasure of the Cathedral, 31 Museum Krekovic, 32: Diocesan Museum

RampartThe Ramparts
The old city of Palma - Échauguette walls of Palma. Click to enlarge the image in Adobe Stock (new tab).The largest part of the walls of Palma was destroyed at the end of the nineteenth century to facilitate the expansion of the city. Only a few walls of sea walls and a watchtower of the Renaissance remain intact down the Passeig Sa Faxina, but they are no longer bathed by the Mediterranean, as a considerable breadth of land has since been reclaimed from the sea to create the circular boulevard Passeig Maritim and waterfront construction of this section of the defensive perimeter of the city began in 1562 and continued chugging along until 1801.
PatioThe Patios of Palma
The old city of Palma - Map patios of Palma. Click to enlarge the image.Palma has more than sixty palaces of the aristocracy or the upper middle class houses in the lower part, as in the upper part of the old town. The architecture of these buildings are built around beautiful patios providing access to the upper floors, often in galleries. Through patios can browse the history of Palma, as the earliest patios appear in the thirteenth century. But it was in the fifteenth century that large families adopt the Italian taste. The splendor of the palaces flourished in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

The old city of Palma - Patio Palma. Click to enlarge the image.These elegant homes have stone facades, windows brightened Renaissance decoration. The order of the patio, originality Majorcan houses, has been set in the eighteenth century: Solid marble columns support large segmental arches, while a staircase leads to a high balcony. The stone railings or wrought iron dress set. In the nineteenth century, sumptuous summer villas are also emerging in the mountains north of Palma.

The old city of Palma - Patio Palma. Click to enlarge the image.These patios give Palma a personality and charm.

In carrer de Sant Roc, you can find documents describing the homes of Palma.

Note: Can mean house, dwelling, Cal, home of…

1. Can Juny

2. Cal Marquès de Vivot

3. Can Catlar del Llorer

4. Can Ribas de Pina

5. Can Dameto de la Quartera

6. Can March

7. Can Coll

8. Cal Comte de la Cova

9. Cal Marquès del Palmer

10. Can Caldés

11. Can Lladó

12. La Criança

13. Can Muntaner

14. Can Dusai

15. Can Vanrell

16. Can Desclapers

17. Can Salas

18. Cal Marquès de la Torre

19. Can Morey-Sant Martí

20. Can Espanya - Serra

21. Can Fontiroig

22. Ca la Gran Cristiana

23. Can Pasqual

24. Can Bennasser

25. Can Fuster-Pacs

26. Can Oleza

27. Can Ordinas d’Almadrà

28. Can Amorós

29. Can Oms and Can Mesquida

30. Can Bordils

31. Can Marquès

32. Can Ferrer and Can Llorenç Villalonga

33. Estudi General Lul·lia

34. Cambra de Comerç

35. Can Alemany

36. Cal Marquès de Solleric (Casal Solleric)

37. Can Socies-Gradolí

38. Can Salas Menor and Can Belloto

39. Cal comte of Montenegro

40. Can Cabrer

41. Can Llull

42. Can Verí (Can Sureda d’Artà)

43. Cal Marquès del Reguer (Casal Balaguer)

44. Can Rullan and Can Ferrandell

45. Cal comte de San Simón

46. Can Tacón

47. Can Palou de Comasema

48. Can Forteza del Sitjar

49. Can Castelló

50. Can Zagranada

51. Can Montaner or Can Morell de les Caputxines

52. Can Garau d’Aixartell

53. Can Berga

54. Can Cera

55. Can Muntanyans

56. Can Mayol

57. Can Iraola

58. Can Ripoll

59. Can Frontera

PalaceThe Almudaina Palace
Go to Almudaina Palace.
CathedralThe Cathedral
Go to the Cathedral.
NeighborhoodThe Cathedral Quarter
Go to the Cathedral Quarter.
MuseumThe Historical Museum of Mallorca
Go to the Historical Museum of Mallorca.
MuseumThe Palace Museum March
Go to the Palace Museum March.
MuseumThe Spanish Contemporary Art Museum
Go to the Museum of Contemporary Spanish Art.
MonasteryThe Franciscan Monastery
Go to the Franciscan Monastery.
NeighborhoodThe Old Jewish quarters
Go to the Old Jewish neighborhoods.

KnowledgeHistory, geography, arts, traditions, fauna…

The old city of Palma - Portrait of James I. Click to enlarge the image.The birth of the city of Palma back to the conquest of Mallorca by the Romans, who founded the colonies Palmaria (Palma) and Pollentia (Alcúdia).

In the eighth century, Majorca was conquered by the Saracens who made ​​Palma the capital of the island.

From 1229, date of the conquest of the island by Jaume I of Aragon and the creation of the Kingdom of Majorca, until the sixteenth century, Palma, as the Ciutat de Mallorques, entered a period of growth.

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