On the outskirts of Palma on the island of Mallorca, the Balearic Islands, the legacy of the 14th century are still standing on the hill with a height of 113 meters. Bellver Castle is one of the attractions visited by many travelers. Relics of the kingdom of Mallorca are unique in terms of architecture and beautiful scenery around it.
The Conqueror, King Jaime I, King of Aragon who controlled the Balearic Islands, Valencia, Naples, Sicily too. Having successfully conquered Mallorca in 1229, he wanted a majestic castle. But his wish was finally set up in the reign of his son, Jaime II. Around 1309 the castle was built on the design of architect Pere Salva. In the reign of King Jaime III, Island of Mallorca was taken by Prince Pedro IV of the hands of the King of Aragon. Jaime III was killed in the war Llucmajor, then his wife and his two children imprisoned in the Bellver Castle. Historic sites belonging to the city of Palma were continuing its history as a prison for political prisoners during the War of Spanish Succession and special guarded military prison in 1717. Now the classic building into a museum of history.
In the language of the ancient Catalan, the building is called the Castell de Bellver meaning ‘beautiful view’. This castle is well worth a visit to enjoy the beautiful scenery. From there, visitors can see the whole Palme de Mallorca, with its cathedral, which overlooks the harbor, and the distant look of Palma Bay beach which stretches 6 kilometers.
The building itself is very unique because there have been rarely a castle in Spain and Europe, which have a circular architecture, such as the Colosseum in Rome. Bellver Castle has a central courtyard, and around it are lined pillars arched. In the middle of the courtyard there is a well that is connected directly to the underground reservoir. There are four towers adorn the castle, which is positioned in accordance with the main four cardinal directions. Three towers attached to the building and the tower again (Torre de Homage) apart from the castle, but linked by a bridge and is located under the tower dungeon.
Castell de Bellver operates at 08.30 am – 18.00 pm every Tuesday through Saturday. On Monday, the museum can be visited at 08.30 am – 13:00 pm, while on Sundays, operating at 10.00 am – 18.00 pm. To enter, visitors must buy a ticket for € 4. Bus 3, 4, 20, 21, or 22 will lead tourists up to a few hundred meters from the entrance of the castle. Another alternative is to use 50 tourist buses to the Castell de Bellver.