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The Museu d’Història de Manacor

Sorry, if I bother you with a second blog entry about museums in Mallorca within just three days. Normally, I would take great care to give you an ample variety of topics and sufficient variation of subject matter. But, I have to admit that I am somewhat biased with regard to the Museu d’Història de Manacor. For a start, the museum is housed inside a fabulous historic building, the Torre dels Enagistes, a property first documented in 1229 in the aftermath of the Reconquista but, quite obviously some substantial parts of the structure were built during the Moorish period. The building was later extended and enlarged during the 15th, 16th and 17th century. I also very much appreciate the fact that when the Torre was acquired by the Ajuntament de Manacor in 1985 and redesigned to act as a museum, the building’s conservation and renovation was done painstakingly carefully and lovingly with sufficient respect for detail and for the history of the edifice and its ambient soul. Then, I like the fact that the museum is actually open. A number of Mallorcan museums, and good ones at that, are erratic in their opening hours or are closed for endless refurbishment of one kind or other without sufficient information being offered. And, finally, I like the fact that every time I go there I discover something new, such as for instance the wall scratching and carvings in today’s photo, probably done by whoever during the 16th century.

The Manacor museum provides an excellent, informative and well-designed website with professional translations in all languages offered (Catalan, Castellano, English and German). Also, the History Museum publishes an annual booklet called Musa, selling for 5 € and worth every penny as long as one understands the Catalan text. In wintertime, the museum is open daily (except Tuesdays) from 10h00 to 14h00 and from 17h00 to 19h30, and Sundays from 10h30 to 13h00. From June 15th to September 15th, opening hours are from 09h30 to 14h00 and from 18h00 to 20h30, except Tuesday and Sunday. Entry is free of charge. A visit is recommended.

The photo was taken in Manacor, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 21st, 2011. The time was 13:46:04.

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February 2011


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