Monday, June 14, 2010

Day 346 - Bellver Castle

After Barcelona we decided to take in some downtime on Mallorca, a Spanish Island located in the Mediterranean, part of the Balearic Islands. We booked a cheap flight to Palma, the lone city on the Island. Before renting a car to escape to more serene settings we took some time to explore the island's capital.

Compared to the beautiful northwest coast of the Island Palma is less impressive. It is a port city and its charms less obvious. However, we were only passing through, so we did not expect much. The Island's capital does have two noteworthy sights, the Bellver Castle and the Cathedral. First up is the Bellver castle.

The Belver castle is a gothic style castle on a hill overlooking the city. The view of the city from the castle is quite lovely and the castle design itself is interesting. Built in the 14th century, it is one of the few circular castles in Europe. It served as a military prison throughout the 18th to mid-20th century, and now mostly serves as a history museum. I enjoyed shooting the various archways throughout the interior.

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