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The Font de la Princesa

The Font de les Tortugues in the Plaça Joan Carles I in Palma de Mallorca used to be known as the Font de la Princesa. The fountain was built in 1833 in honour of the Princess of Asturias, the later Queen Isabel II de Borbón, Reina de España from 1833 to 1868.

The fountain is actually a replica; it was later rebuilt in its present form after being destroyed in times of political uprising, the so-called La septembrina (September revolution) of 1868. The unrest led to the overthrow of Queen Isabel II. After two interim regents and the establishment of the first Spanish Republic, Isabel’s son was proclaimed King Alfonso XII in 1875.

The photo (top) was taken in Palma de Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: September 11th, 2010. The time was 12:04:07. The photo (bottom) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of

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  1. A bat figure is present in king Jaume I’s helm and coat of arms. This king led the Catalan conquest of the Balearics and a bat figure is frequently depicted in a number of historical representations. This might be a clue but I’m not sure.

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