PORTELLA QUARTER & ARAB BATHS. Further along the waterfront, this typical quarter stands on the ancient walls just below the Episcopal Palace. On account of the stately mansions all around those of the Espana family, the Marques de la Torre, Formiguera and Desbrull it is a most impressive quarter. A visit to this secluded and isolated district is always interesting and is most necessary for sightseers to the city. Its centre is Portella Street and it consists of a dozen or so quiet, narrow, steep winding lanes branching from the first.
TOWN HALL. Rising from Cort Square, vita} trade centre of the city, it presents a pure Renaissance 17th century fagade. From this, the carved eaves to form a notable work on account of both richness and size. The inside of the building is modern and nothing need to be said of either its staircase or the Council Chamber. It has some interesting works among them a painting by Van Dick representing St. Sebastian and an old strong box.
THE SEA WALLS. In the past, Palma was a walled city. The last walls to be built were after the design of the Italian engineer Fratin, they were started in 1562. Of all this military work nothing remains but the section overlooking the sea that in spite of many mutilations have endured and is still in state of good repair, as also are the four remaining bastions, out of the thirteen that originally formed the compound. Two of the old doorways La Portella and La Calatrava, out of the nine that existed can also be seen.
Casal Balaguer Zavella street.
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Map of Palma de Mallorca