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Since Mallorca has more than one masterpive building, this building should not be missed. Became one of the masterpieces of Gothic architecture in Mallorca, La Lonja de Palma de Mallorca or also known as Sa Llotja was built by Guillem Sagrera between 1420 and 1452. The stones which used to build the building came from Santanyí – it is not easy, back in the mid-15th century. It also became the central office of Merchant's College. It was used as the place to do a large “lonja” or exchange/auction warehouse was needed. Today, Lonja de Mallorca is used as the venue for contemporary art exhibitions as well as an interesting place to rest when carrying out the hard task of sightseeing. This building is managed by the Presidency of the Balearic Government.
Things To Do at Lonja de Mallorca
This building is applied the Catalan Gothic architecture which was very popular at that time. Catalan Gothic is an artistic style, with particular characteristics in the field of architecture. It was started under the Crown of Aragon between the 13th and 15th centuries, which places it at the end of the European Gothic period and at the beginning of the Renaissance era.The architecture of Lonja de Mallorca is the large single rectangular room which consists of three nave. The three naves are supported by the six slender helicoidal columns with a rib vault roof. The ribs of the arches in the vaults fuse with the spirals of the columns and on the sides are embedded into the walls. The external aspects are marked with the four ortogonal towers, 10 little towers as the foundation, 8 large windows and the decoration with gargoyle and statues.
There are two facades at Lonja de Mallorca: The first facade is located in the West, in whose tympanum there is a Virgin crowned by an angel; and the other one with the Angel, merchants´ Patron Saint, it is also known as Angel Defensor de la Mercancía. This statues was made by the Gothic sculptor of Dutch origin Claus Sluter. The Angel Defensor de la Mercancía is the main facade of Lonja de Mallorca. The drillings of its hollows have a beautiful structure as well as the motives of its freizes and cornices. On its lintels you can see sculptures of the four Evangelists. In the entrace of this building, there is a text that explain about this woderful building. Make sure you read this text before you enter the building. .
Since the building is used as the place to host exhibitions, you can visit this building only when there is an exhibition. Lonja de Mallorca is not always open everyday. The recent exhibition held in this building was the sculptures exhibition by the British artist Tony Cragg. The artist Tony Cragg was born in Liverpool. Before turning fully to his artistic side, he was a technician because of his interest in science led him to work at a biochemical laboratory (1966 to 1968). He studied art and design at Gloucester College of Art and design in Cheltelham and at the Royal College of Art in London. Make sure you know the exhibition schedule before visit Lonja de Mallorca. This is the best thing to do.
How to Get Tickets?
There is no entry tickets at Lonja de Mallorca since the building is opened if there is an exhibition.
How To Get Around?
You can take a stroll to see the sorrounding area of Lonja de Mallorca .Palma Cathedral is near to this building.
What Should I Wear?
You can wear clothes depend on the weather in Mallorca since there is no dress code to visit Lonja de Mallorca.
Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Lonja de Mallorca is when there is an exhibition held.
Will I Need a Guide?
No, transportation is easy and everything can be found in this site. Lonja de Mallorca is near to Palma Cathedral, you can explore this place by your own.
How To Get There?
Lonja de Mallorca can be accesssed by private or public transportation. You can use bus, car, train or Metro to visit Lonja de Mallorca. If you are using bus, from Palma Aquarium you can take bus number 25 which takes around 17 minutes to reach Lonja de Mallorca. The nearest bus station is Placa de La Reina which is only 5 minutes walk from Lonja de Mallorca. However, if you are using Metro, take Metro 2 from Foster's Hollywood.