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Rambla dels Ducs de Palma de Mallorca

The Rambla in Palma de Mallorca used to be called Passeig de La Rambla.

During the Franco years and after the Spanish Civil War, the Rambla was, however, called Vía Roma in homage to Il Duce Mussolini who helped Franco in his ultimately successful attempt to overthrow the Spanish Second Republic (April 14th, 1931 – April 1st, 1939).

A few years ago, the Ramblas were renamed as Rambla dels Ducs de Palma de Mallorca, thus honouring King Juan Carlos’ younger daughter, Infanta Cristina de Borbón, and her husband, Iñaki Urdangarín, an Olympic Bronze medal winner in Atlanta 1996, and again, in Sydney 2000, together with the Spanish National handball team. The two met in 1996 during the Atlanta Olympics. The princess had been a member of the Spanish sailing team at the Seoul 1988 Olympics. The couple have four children.

At the top of the Ramblas, two copied statues of Roman warriors grace the entrance of the tree lined boulevard. The originals belong to Cardinal Despuig‘s collection.

During Medieval times, the Torrente de La Riera had its riverbed here, until in October 1403, some severe flooding caused the death of thousands of citizens. The dry riverbed was consequently moved away from here and to its present location in Passeig Mallorca, at that time well outside of Ciutat‘s city boundaries.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: April 23rd, 2008. The time was 11:45:23.

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