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The Bar Cristal Building

There are two emblematic bars in Palma that have served as meeting points for rendezvous, for a quick coffee or a bocadillo, for job interviews, for some flirting, for a game of billiard, or simply for a quick browse in the newspapers: the Bar Bosch, opposite C & A’s, and the Bar Cristal in Plaça d’Espanya (see photo). I’m sure you’ve been to both of them at one time or other. There used to be a third famous and historic bar, the Bar Triquet (see my post), but that bar closed down a few years ago; the premises now hold a fashion shop.

I’m showing you the Bar Cristal building today, because its architecture really stands out. This property was designed in 1913 by none other than Gaspar Bennàzar and was built on a spot where only a few years earlier the massive Palma city walls had been demolished. In 1947, an additional floor was added to the original building. Gaspar Bennàzar was also the architect of the Bar Triquet building, in 1909. Of these two buildings, the Bar Triquet building is probably the more attractive one. Both of these buildings have recently undergone some extensive restoration work, and very successfully so.

The photo was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: November 4th, 2009. The time was 16:21:50.

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  1. Oh, such memories! When I studied at the UIB my apartment was a 15-minute walk from here (at least 15 Mallorquín minutes…maybe 20 or 25 American minutes). I had so many cups of coffee and ensaimadas here. It was the best place to grab a quick breakfast when we had to catch an early bus.

    I just wanted to say how much I love your blog, by the way. I’m using it to combat my homesickness for Mallorca and it’s working very well. I’m going to share the link with everyone from my study abroad group.

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