In the centre of Palma there are many courtyards of stately homes which, over the years, have become one of the most attractive and representative elements of the Mallorcan capital's architecture. In the old days, they were spaces where neighbours met, places of leisure and social gathering and which, in addition, were a symbol of the power of each family.
For these reasons, one of the routes offered by the city leads us through the most beautiful courtyards of the noble families of the island which can be found in the old town. Thus the itinerary consists of fourteen courtyards to visit, which will allow you to immerse yourself in the historical essence of Mallorca and get to know the stately roots of the houses which run this city. .
Starting with Can Mesquida, next in the Plaza de Cort, it is a Baroque casal rebuilt on a medieval base. It is characterised by a half-way voussoired portal which allowed coaches to enter. The next one would be Can Oms, a house occupied by the Oms family in 1642, whose weapons can still be seen on the edge of the staircase. At the moment it is the Councilorship of Culture of the City council. Thirdly, Can Bordils, currently the municipal archive. Its origins go back to the Islamic era; the arch of the Almudaina rests on the house and corresponds to one of the doors of the Roman city of Palma.
On the other hand, the route continues towards the village of Can Crespí, where Rosa Ribera Carbonell lived until 1924, in which Llorenç Villalonga was inspired by the protagonist Doña Obdúlia Montcada in her well-known novel Mort de Dama. The fifth courtyard to visit is Can Caulelles, followed by Can Alemany. The latter is curious because of the mixture of elements from various eras and because it was the home of the chronicler Joan Alemany Moragues. .
Following on to the Estudi General Lul·lià, which became the Luliana University of Mallorca in the 17th century, and has a neo-baroque courtyard. Shortly after, you reach Can Salas, also known as Can Jordà. The next courtyard to visit is that of Ca la Gran Cristiana, where the Museum of Mallorca is located. Of Gothic origin and reformed by the first count of Aiamans, it was the home of the Togores family and, later, of the Villalonga-Desbrulls.
Can Morey de Santmartí, the current museum of the painter Joaquim Torrents Lladó, was the medieval home of the Monzón family. Arriving almost at the end of the route, among the last casales we can find Ca la Torre, the current College of Architects; Can Frontera which, although it has a Gothic origin, its subsequent owner - an engineer - gave it a more modernist style, nowadays becoming the Hotel de Ca Sa Galesa; Can Olesa, which preserves many elements of the old courtyards of Palma. Finally, Can Ordines d 'Almadrà, where you can see one of the best sculptural examples of the late Gothic style of the island.
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