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Castell de Bellver - Mallorca Spain's Circular Castle

Posted November 02, 2013 12:00 AM by SavvyExacta

Bellver Castle, or Castell de Bellver, is located in Palma de Mallorca and dates back to the 14th century. This particular castle is unique because of its round shape, the only one of such a design in Spain.

Circular Design

Bellver Castle was built from 1300 to 1311. The structure combines many defensive elements with palatial design:

  • Two-story castle in a circular shape
  • Hilltop location with 360 degree views of the ocean and surrounding mountains
  • Moat surrounding the structure
  • Three small towers connected to the main structure
  • A fourth large tower, called a keep, connected by a bridge
  • Open courtyard with well or cistern at the center
  • Various rooms off the courtyard with gothic arches

The sandstone used to construct the castle was taken from nearby rock quarries. The four towers face the four points of the compass with the largest tower, the keep, facing north.

Uses of Castell de Bellver

The original purpose of the castle was to serve as a summer home for the Kings of Mallorca. The castle did not see much battle action; it resisted two sieges during the Middle Ages.

The castle was first used as a prison in the 14th century and that was also its primary function during the War of Spanish Succession and the Spanish Independence War. It served as a political prison as recently as the mid-20th century.

Today the castle is a museum. Some aspects of the building have been modernized: for example, glass now fills some of the arrow slits. Modern conveniences like handicap access ramps and restroom facilities have been added.

Still, the castle is well-maintained and largely mimics its original design. Etchings made by prisoners can be seen in the walls. The views from the top of the castle are stunning. For the views alone, the castle is worth a visit. The fact that you're taking in such views from the top of the castle is just the icing on the cake!

True castle enthusiasts can even purchase a Bellver Castle Model Kit.

Read about my visit to Barcelona.


Castell de Bellver - Museum d'Historia de la Ciutat

Wikipedia - Bellver Castle

North South Guides - Mallorca Bellver Castle

Destination360 - Castell de Bellver


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