Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Palma's Changing of the Guard

If you are in Palma de Mallorca on Saturday 31 July, head for the Almudaina Palace.  At midday there will be a changing of the Guard of Honour of the old Palma Volunteer Regiment which was raised by the Marquess of Vivot in 1808 to fight in the Spanish War of Independence.

Starting at 12:00 midday there will be a parade and formation of the Guard of Honour followed at 12:30 by a changing of the guard and at 13:00 the parade departs.  All this takes place at the front of the Almudaina Palace which is located next to Palma Cathedral.

A bit of history behind the Palace ... Aludaina means citadel in Arabic.  This royal residence of King Jaume II was built after 1309, using the walls of an Arab fortress.  The Gothic palace includes Moorish-style arhes and carved wooden ceilings and is King Juan Carlos's official Palma residence.  The museum here includes the Santa Ana chapel with a Romanesque portal and a Gothic drawing room which is sometimes used for official receptions.

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