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The Gingerbread House


The Casal de Ca S’Apotecari in Santa Maria del Camí south of the centre of Mallorca is a historic building that apparently is earmarked to house Mallorca’s future Eco-Museum (whatever that may mean).

The former pharmacy currently presents itself in a rather stirring gingerbread house appearance, albeit without the sweet bread. Instead some 3,000 kilogrammes of pebre de tap de cortí (Capsicum Annuum, chilli peppers) cover the building to promote the autochtonous Mallorcan pepper against inferior imports from the Spanish mainland, from Morocco and Brazil. Autochtonous may actually be a bit of a misnomer; of course the plant was imported from the Americas during the 15th century. Once dried the chillies will be sold in the local markets.

The Apotecari is not so very easily found unless you know where the Ajuntament de Santa Maria and its splendid 17th century building are situated. Both premises adjoin the same Plaza de la Vila.


The photos were taken in Santa Maria del Camí, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 14th, 2009. The time was 14:43:08 and 14:47:02, respectively.

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