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Consell Insular


The Consell Insular de Mallorca, situated next to the City Hall, is Majorca's current governing body. The building's origins can be traced back to the old Provincial Deputation, a state institution of the early 19th century that had this palace built, with a notable neo-Gothic façade designed by the architect Joaquín Pavía y Birmingham, in 1882. The interesting sculptural details are the work of the artist Llorenç Ferrer i Martí.

The monumental staircase and assembly hall stand out in the interior. Notable paintings by Majorcan artists can be seen in the different rooms. This street owes its name to the Almudaina royal palace that is located at one end of it. For centuries the famous convent of Santo Domingo, a Gothic monument of the highest standard, was located on its right hand side. This was demolished in the first three decades of the 19th century as a consequence of the ecclesiastical confiscation laws promoted by the government. New houses for the bourgeoisie were built on the plot it had occupied, forming a splendid ensemble of late 19th and early 20th century urban architecture.

The building of the current Parliament of the Balearic Islands is particularly interesting. This was built as the headquarters of the old Círculo Mallorquín, and contains some magnificent halls including the banqueting hall that is now the chamber of the parliament.


From here you can see two examples of neo-Gothic architecture inspired by central European Gothic. On the left is the bell tower of Santa Eulàlia, designed by the marquis de Vivot in 1889. We know that the architect Pavía travelled to Brussels and Leuven to find inspiration for the façade of the Council building in the great Gothic buildings of those cities, for example the town halls. Even so the final plan took great account of some features of Palma's Lonja.