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Bellver Castle

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HISTORY

is located in the municipality of Palma de Mallorca, province of Mallorca, in the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands, in Spain. It stands in a dominant position on top of a hill, 112 meters above sea level, about three kilometers southwest of the capital, Palma de Mallorca.

WHY THIS PLACE

The castle, in Gothic style, has a circular plan, with towers, also circular, attached. Together with Restormel Castle (Cornwall), and Michelstetten Castle (Austria), it is one of the only three European castles with a circular plan, constituting the oldest.

CURIOSITIES

It was built in the early 14th century by King James II of Aragon. It was used as a military prison during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was used again as a prison in the 1940s, a time when many Spaniards were being persecuted for their loyalty to support the republican regime during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Among the occupants of the Bellver prisons in this period, the name of the writer and intellectual Gaspar Melchor de Jovellanos stands out. At the moment it is constituted in one of the main tourist attractions of the island. From the top of its walls, you can enjoy a panoramic view over the city and its port, the Tramuntana mountains and the central plateau of the island.

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