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The Arc de l’Almudaina

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In the heart of Palma’s old town, halfway between the cathedral and the Palma townhall in Plaça Cort, we find the Carrer de l’Almudaina. There we find a rather old looking, arched opening called the Arc de l’Almudaina, the chunky remains of Palma’s medieval town fortifications.

The Arc de l’Almudaina is generally thought to be of Arab origins, but some experts believe it dates further back, to the 5th century and thus, the Roman times. The truth is perhaps somewhere in the middle: one could possibly argue that the arch was built by the Moors on a previous Roman foundation. And later, during the Gothic period, bits and pieces have been added on, as well, such as the corbels (or consoles).

Whatever it may be and whenever it may date from, it certainly is one of Palma’s most attractive sights. Go and see for yourself.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. The date: May 14th, 2008. The time was 12:54:09.

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