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Gothic palace

Ca’n Cirera is a stately country house – one of the few that are left in Palma – which still has the Gothic structure and its basic layout: lower ground floor, office floor, main floor and porch. It is located in a privileged place in Palma’s old town, facing the Costa de n’Adarró stairs, which lead to Plaça de la Reina. It is believed that, in the old times, these stairs were one of the gates that gave access to the Roman city and, thus, the decumanus route was situated under Ca’n Cirera.

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S.XV

Gothic palace

Ca’n Cirera is a stately country house – one of the few that are left in Palma – which still has the Gothic structure and its basic layout: lower ground floor, office floor, main floor and porch. It is located in a privileged place in Palma’s old town, facing the Costa de n’Adarró stairs, which lead to Plaça de la Reina. It is believed that, in the old times, these stairs were one of the gates that gave access to the Roman city and, thus, the decumanus route was situated under Ca’n Cirera.

The Gothic house was built in the 15th century by the renowned Malferit family, a family of lawyers that was highly recognised at the Catalan court of that time. Subsequently, it was purchased by the Vivot family, specifically by a descendant of this distinguished Majorcan family, the ecclesiastic of the Seu cathedral, who assigned it to Ardiacat, the institution in charge of managing the ecclesiastical finances. During the Mendizábal expropriation, the Roig de Lluis family, related to the current owners, acquired the country house. The Roig de Lluis were a family with deep military ties, they had their own cavalry, and they were military Governors of Majorca and Puerto Rico.

“The current renovation has served to save the building from collapsing”

Years later, the Roig de Lluis established family ties with the Mas de Pla del Rei family, residents of the Seu square and native of Valldemossa, whose descendants got married to the Cirera, the Catalan family that are the current owners.

The simplicity of its composition and the correctness and delicacy of its finishes, which bring it a medieval appearance, make this country house a very homogeneous and valuable property.

The simplicity of its composition and the correctness and delicacy of its finishes, which bring it a medieval appearance”

The split façade, half adobe wall on one side and half sandstone on the other side, is austere and has the particularity that the left half has undergone alterations. On one side, two Renaissance windows were opened on the left, featuring the Vivot family’s coat of arms held by two sirens, and on the other side, there are two heads wearing a cap, since the family was engaged in the legal profession. Both Renaissance windows are believed to be sculpted by the Aragonese sculptor Juan de Salas. On the right side of the façade, you can observe remains of a Gothic window.

The simplicity of its composition and the correctness and delicacy of its finishes, which bring it a medieval appearance, make this country house a very homogeneous and valuable property.

The simplicity of its composition and the correctness and delicacy of its finishes, which bring it a medieval appearance”

The split façade, half adobe wall on one side and half sandstone on the other side, is austere and has the particularity that the left half has undergone alterations. On one side, two Renaissance windows were opened on the left, featuring the Vivot family’s coat of arms held by two sirens, and on the other side, there are two heads wearing a cap, since the family was engaged in the legal profession. Both Renaissance windows are believed to be sculpted by the Aragonese sculptor Juan de Salas. On the right side of the façade, you can observe remains of a Gothic window.

“Ca’n Cirera is the best-preserved Gothic civil building in Palma”

Right upon entering the building, we observe a large original arch of the Gothic house, an area which was used as warehouse. This arch, like those found inside the left mezzanine, have been discovered during the restoration process. Next, you access the courtyard through a pointed arch.

“This arch, like those found inside the mezzanine on the left, were discovered during the restoration process”

Some interesting elements in this area of simple features are the octagonal well with a curious curb, a pointed arch on the first floor, which was the original entrance of the Gothic house, a suspended Gothic passage that gave access to the house and, as the predominant element, the current stairs, under which we manage to see the original Gothic stairs, discovered during the reconstruction of the building. The current stairs have two flights, the second of them being covered by a porch and supported by an octagonal pillar.

Likewise, it should be noted that the original stairs had an additional flight – the portion of the suspended passage that gave access to the house, giving it a ‘U’ shape. Beyond the central courtyard, we find a second rectangular courtyard, accessed by going under the stairs, where you can observe remains of Gothic arches which, in the past, were believed to be bigger.

“The current renovation has served to save the building from collapsing”

The current renovation has served to save the building from collapsing, to consolidate the already exposed important elements, and to rescue from oblivion other elements of major significance as regards the history and the architectural styles of the country house. Proud of the restoration and renovation work carried out, and convinced that there is no other building with these characteristics in the heart of Palma, it is a privilege for us to be able to share this unique treasure with our guests.

Likewise, it should be noted that the original stairs had an additional flight – the portion of the suspended passage that gave access to the house, giving it a ‘U’ shape. Beyond the central courtyard, we find a second rectangular courtyard, accessed by going under the stairs, where you can observe remains of Gothic arches which, in the past, were believed to be bigger.

“The current renovation has served to save the building from collapsing”

The current renovation has served to save the building from collapsing, to consolidate the already exposed important elements, and to rescue from oblivion other elements of major significance as regards the history and the architectural styles of the country house. Proud of the restoration and renovation work carried out, and convinced that there is no other building with these characteristics in the heart of Palma, it is a privilege for us to be able to share this unique treasure with our guests.

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