During the Middle Ages, Palma de Mallorca was a heavily fortified city. The medieval city walls were rebuilt, reinforced, strengthened and widened during the 18th century. Some of these walls are still in place, but most of the walls were demolished about 100 years ago. The bulk of these no longer existing murallas would have run along today’s Avenidas, entering from the sea front near the GESA building and going up to El Corte Inglés.
The Renaissance Walls below the cathedral are still intact. Two stretches of this sea front fortification remain: the one of the Baluard de Sant Pere (now the Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma) and the other one, going from the Jardins de s’Hort del Rei to the Baluard del Príncep (shown in my photo).
This Baluard del Príncep complex is currently undergoing an ambitious project of renovation and restoration. Initially, some archaeological excavations will take place, including the unearthing of a medieval bridge, Porta des Camp. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by 2009-10.
The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The date: September 19th, 2008. The time was 15:22:56. The 1648 painting of an unknown artist was taken from one of my favourite Mallorca websites, Alta Mar. Muchas gracias, Fabian.