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Historic Alcúdia

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Alcúdia in the north of the island probably boasts more history than any other town or city on the island, possibly even more so than Palma de Mallorca.

The reason is that the Romans set up the island capital here, calling it Pollentia, as early as 123 B. C. The capital was moved to Palma (then called Palmaria Palmensis) only about 200 years later.

Before the Romans came and conquered, it is said that the Carthaginians had been to what today is the Alcúdia area. Talaiotic settlements point to an even earlier civilization.

After the Romans, first came the Vandals and the Byzantines, then the Moors, the House of Aragon, and thereafter the Saracens. Each and everyone of them left their mark on this very attractive little town. Some of their marks can still be seen today, such as the Talaiotic Son Simó, the ruined Pollentia settlement and its Roman amphitheatre, or the captivating Mediaeval city walls shown here.

You should pay a visit, one day. Marketdays are on Sundays and Tuesdays.

The photo was taken in Alcúdia, Mallorca, Spain. The date: February 20th, 2008. The time was 12:18:31.

1 reply »

  1. Hi,
    I must say that there are “some” mistakes in the post. There is no archaeological nor historical information on which was the Roman capital of Mallorca. The Cartaginians never colonized the island but set some strongholds or trade points along its coasts.
    Hope to be helpful.
    A

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