Bellver Castle is a beautiful gothic castle built in the 1300s. The castle is very special because it is the only round, gothic castle in Europe.
Nowadays the castle is used as Mallorca History Museum, but the castle originally served as the residence of the Kings of the island, and was built in times of political unrest. Therefore, the outside of the castle was built as a real fortress while the interior is in stark contrast with the outside, built in exquisite gothic style with fantastic arches.
The Spanish government gave the castle to Palmas city in 1931, along with the beautiful pine forest surrounding the castle. The castle was transformed into a museum the year after, and was restored thoroughly in 1976 when it was officially opened as the city’s historic Museum.
Thanks to the large parking lot and the broad road, the castle welcomes a large amount of visitors. The main courtyard is the seat of many different public ceremonies, cultural events and concerts.
During the summer months offer here some evenings classical concerts, which is a wonderful experience to enjoy. The combination of music,the castle’s beautiful design and the possibility of sitting under the starlit sky makes it a really special experience.
Although the view and the beautiful courtyard it is a good enough reason to visit the castle, the museum also well worth a visit. Majorca, and especially Palma, has a surprisingly rich culture, easily overlooked when talking about Majorca,normally only associated with sun and sand of the beaches.
The museum exhibitions change regularly but there are three permanent exhibitions. One of these is about the urban evolution of Palma de Mallorca, and take you from prehistoric Palma, through the Roman era, the Arab domination, the Christian conquest, the Middle Ages and much more to the modern city of today . It’s an interesting way to better understand the city, and after this exhibition, it is interesting to walk around the city, as you will see with new eyes.
There is also The Despuig collection, which is a collection of classical statues collected by Antoni Despuig (1745-1813, son of the Count of Montenegro). He is often mentioned as the Majorcan art patron.