Castell de Bellver. Museu d' Història de la Ciutat
Carrer de Camilo José Cela, s/n 07014 Palma
971 73 50 65
RESIDENTS OF PALMA: €2.50
TRAVEL AGENCIES: €2.50
APRIL TO SEPTEMBER:
Mondays: 08.30 to 13:00
Tuesday to Saturday: 08.30 to 20:00
Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 to 20:00
OCTOBER TO MARCH:
Mondays: 08.30 to 13:00
Tuesday to Saturday: 08.30 to 18:00
Sundays and public holidays: 10:00 to 18:00
The ticket office closes 45 minutes before the Museum
Bellver Castle is located on a small hill on the outskirts of Palma de Mallorca, about 3 kilometres from the centre. To get there head for the castle park, located behind the old Son Dureta hospital. If you go on the Vía Cintura (MA-20), take the son Rapinya exit, and from there follow the signs for son Dureta hospital and Bellver Castle.
On arrival at the castle you will find a military building that was used to host the royal family in the 14th century and later on as military edifice. It was built between 1300 and 1311, by order of King James II of Mallorca.
The building that houses this Mallorcan museum is of Gothic style, with a circular body, a central patio, two occupied stories and a terrace roof. It is dominated by four circular towers, facing the four points of the compass, one of which is freestanding. Its circular floorplan makes it unique. The material used for building it, marés sandstone, mainly came from the quarries and caves in the building’s surrounding area. This material gives it a very Mediterranean aspect, its coloration changing under the different sunsets, producing spectacular images of the building.
In 1931 the state granted the castle and Bellver forest to the city, and it was then that the Republican government turned it into the Museum of History of the City, a role it has fulfilled until today, except during the time of the Spanish Civil War, being one of the most well-known Mallorcan museums.
Its rooms contain the remains of objects that are part of the city’s history, from different archaeological sites that have been excavated over time.
The tour starts on the ground floor with the Bronze Age up to the time of the Roman conquest of the island and the subsequent foundation of Palma in 123 bce. The Muslim, Medieval and Renaissance periods are of particular interest with a rich collection of crockery. You can also enjoy a map of the city on which the walls from 1647 can be seen.
Antoni Despuig’s collection of statues and epigraphs from the early 19th century, focussing on the Classical world is located on the second floor of the building, along with other elements.
Throughout this year this Mallorcan museum will host a wide range of activities. More information about them is available from its website.